Peru Unearthing the Bodies

Photos by Rodrigo Abd This remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers.

All Eyes On California

California, also known as the Golden State, is most populous state in the U.S. Its wide–ranging diversity, in both population and geography, have made California a source of enduring fascination.

Close Up: Photographer Charles Dharapak

Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for The Associated Press.

Fashion Models Share Off-Runway Tales

They’re the often- anonymous stars of New York Fashion Week – the models who walk the runways in designer clothes, looking mostly impassive and inevitably beautiful as they pose before cameras.

Fairy-Tale Night In A Favela

Photos by Silvia Izquierdo Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta “favela” slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.

Close Up: Photographer Wong Maye-E

Wong Maye-E joined AP as a staff photographer in 2003. Based in Singapore, Maye-E’s work is centered around Sports reportage, entertainment, politics, and regional news stories.

Cuba On The Beach

Photos by Ramon Espinosa In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.

Islamabad’s Red Zone Rallies

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Associated Press chief photographer of Pakistan Muhammed Muheisen is currently in Islamabad covering the Red Zone rallies. 

Worldview: Peru Daily Life

Photos by Rodrigo Abd For today’s installment of AP’s Daily Life series, we feature the South American country of Peru and the work of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Rodrigo Abd.

Close Up: Photographer Hatem Moussa

Hatem Moussa joined The Associated Press as a photojournalist in 1998. Since then, the Gaza City-based Moussa has covered repeated rounds of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in Gaza, including the wars of 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014.

Missouri Police Shooting and Protests

Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Outdoor Cinemas Fade To Black In Greece

Photos by Petros Giannakouris For decades Greeks have enjoyed watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters and old classics under the stars.

Unusual Animal Friends

The animal kingdom is full of surprises, and from time to time, strong bonds form between species. With this in mind, we looked through our photo archive and found a wide variety of unlikely animal friendships throughout the years.  

The First World War Centennial

A hundred years ago, on July 28th, 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, this event marked the the start of the First World War. It was the beginning of an era that paved the way for the economic, social, and political changes to come, and mobilized more than 70 million military personnel in one ofContinue reading “The First World War Centennial”

Game Day: USA vs. Belgium

As U.S. World Cup fans grapple with their 2-1 loss to Belgium, we’ve decided to spread some visual cheer with an extraordinary set of photos by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Rodrigo Abd, who roamed the streets of Brazil and captured everything from frenzied fans as they made their way to the stadium before the match, to the spectator nuances ofContinue reading “Game Day: USA vs. Belgium”

Fan Faces of the World Cup

It’s hard to deny the fervor or passion of World Cup 2014 fans. They have descended upon Brazil in droves to root for their countries’ teams, draped in colorful costumes, face paint, and wacky expressions. Today we feature a roundup of some of the fan faces of this year’s World Cup.

Electric Daisy Carnival

More than 130,000 people poured through the gates of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway each night of the weekend-long Electric Daisy Carnival, a dazzling, multi-sensory ode to electronic dance music.

Palestinians Dream Of Return

Photo Essay By Muhammed Muheisen  A lifetime has passed since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out their homes in the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation. Today, those who were uprooted and their descendants number more than 5 million people, scattered across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Brazil’s Tumultuous Road To The World Cup

The problem-plagued preparations for this year’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been well chronicled, with critics condemning the range of issues from budget blowouts to construction delays. Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in the days before the first World Cup match was to be played in the city. The demonstrations in recent months have paled inContinue reading “Brazil’s Tumultuous Road To The World Cup”

All Eyes on Brazil

After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans will at last get a chance to cheer for Brazil’s national team on home soil in Sao Paulo in football’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opening game. Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, will host a succession of matches including the final match of theContinue reading “All Eyes on Brazil”

Israel Desert Ablaze With ‘Burning Man’

Photos by Oded Balilty For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space.

Close Up: Photographer Felipe Dana

Felipe Dana discovered photography at age 15 when he started working as an assistant for event and commercial photographers.

Vantage Point: Ariel Schalit’s Exclusive Of Pope Francis

Photo Essay By Ariel Schalit Any time the pope makes a trip, but especially to a place like the Holy Land, journalists swarm to cover each moment and reflect every papal move in a stream of words and images. In such an intensely competitive setting, it’s hard to imagine how anyone can produce significant coverage that trulyContinue reading “Vantage Point: Ariel Schalit’s Exclusive Of Pope Francis”

Depth of Focus Video Exclusive: Morry Gash Recounts Pussy Riot Attack

Our latest installment of the Depth of Focus series is a conversation with AP staff photographer Morry Gash, who was covering daily life during the Winter Games in Sochi when he captured the shocking images of members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot as they were being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militiaContinue reading “Depth of Focus Video Exclusive: Morry Gash Recounts Pussy Riot Attack”

MAYA ANGELOU: Life In Pictures

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86. Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as a professor of AmericanContinue reading “MAYA ANGELOU: Life In Pictures”

Nigerian Girls Kidnapped

Scores of protesters chanting “Bring Back Our Girls” marched Thursday, May 22, 2014,  to Nigeria’s presidential villa to demand more action to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, but President Goodluck Jonathan did not meet with them, leaving a proxy to deliver a lecture that further angered the demonstrators. 

Close Up: Photographer Jerome Delay

Jerome Delay is AP’s chief photographer for Africa, based in Johannesburg. After working as an AP stringer in Denver, Colorado and as a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Washington, DC, Delay has been on staff with the AP in a variety of roles: chief photographer in Jerusalem, staff photographer and international photo editorContinue reading “Close Up: Photographer Jerome Delay”

Worldview: Japan Daily Life

“World View: Daily Life Around the World,” a visual exploration of daily life imagery from around the globe. From bustling Chinese cities, to ice caves in Minnesota, to the rural farms of northern India, these stunning images depict the world beyond the familiar and remind us of the global community to which we belong. WhetherContinue reading “Worldview: Japan Daily Life”

Cannes Film Festival: Then and Now

The Cannes International Film Festival is held annually in Cannes, France and honors new films from all over the globe. Although the festival has origins beginning in the late 1930s, it was officially established in 1947. Cannes International Film Festival is considered to be one of the most prestigious film festivals, with the top awardContinue reading “Cannes Film Festival: Then and Now”

The Hats of The Kentucky Derby

Bold hats, big bets and thundering hooves were the order of the day at the Kentucky Derby, where the 140th run for the roses took place Saturday evening at Churchill Downs.

Today In History: Hubble Telescope Launched

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble, who is considered one of the most important observational cosmologistsContinue reading “Today In History: Hubble Telescope Launched”

Archivist Update: Early Air Pollution

In this addition of Archivist Update, we highlight an image depicting a college student wearing a gas mask as he “smells” a magnolia blossom in City Hall Park on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, in New York.