Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj has won the Reuters Photo of the Year award for this image captured in North Korea in 2011.
“After days of excitement and lots of rare pictures in the provinces, I came back to Pyongyang without big plans for shooting in the capital. All I wanted were some moody general views of the city,” Sagolj wrote. “This is probably the easiest big picture I shot for a long time - it was taken from the window of my hotel room in Pyongyang early morning, just before the sunrise. I knew that portrait was there and I insisted with our hosts to get a room on a very high floor facing that direction. So, all I had to do is to wake up early in the morning, make a coffee, light a cigarette and make sure I exposed well. The scene has this eerie look for maybe 5 to 10 minutes, then the revolutionary songs and propaganda speeches from loudspeakers wake the city up.”
The photo shows a picture of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung decorating a building in the capital of Pyongyang on October 5, 2011.
A mandrill named Azumeh snarls on command. Photographer Robert Jensen photographed Azumeh’s terrifying scowl at the San Fernando Valley Fair in Los Angeles, California. He said: “Azumeh isn’t really angry, but made this face on command. He actually makes various facial expressions on command, including opening his mouth wide.”
Iranian protesters break into British Embassy in Tehran
A protester walks with a poster from the British embassy in Tehran Nov. 29, 2011. Dozens of young Iranian men entered buildings inside the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, throwing rocks, petrol bombs and burning documents looted from offices, Iranian news agencies reported. (Reuters)
On Aug. 8, 2011, the American stock market recorded its worst loss — plunging 635 points — since December 2008, fueling widespread fears of another economic meltdown. As Wall Street continues to wobble in the wake of Standard & Poor’s historic downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on Aug. 5, LIFE.com takes a look at scenes during the country’s last great economic calamity, the Great Depression.
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Childhood photo of Barack Obama in Indonesia found
A photograph taken more than 40 years ago showing a young Barack Obama as a schoolboy in Indonesia has been found, days before he begins his presidential visit to the country.
Barack Obama, then known as Barry Soetoro, center, is pictured at a classmate’s birthday party in Jakarta, Indonesia.
via - 17 Mar 2010 - Telegraph