These Pictures Of Afghans Queuing To Vote Proved The Pessimists Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK

The run-up to the Afghan elections was marred by violence, the killing of two Western journalists, threats against voters and fears of low turnout. ...

Jessica Elgot

Rwanda's Genocide Survivors Show Their Inspiring, Smiling Portraits | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK

The polaroid of the smiling boy standing with his puffed chest straining his pink and red striped t-shirt is difficult for Cyprien to look at. "Wh...

Jessica Elgot

Photographers In Ukraine Tell The Story Behind The Pictures | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK

The astonishing images coming out of the Euromaidan protests in the Ukraine are some of the most gut-wrenching and haunting portrayals of conflict of ...

LOOK: 12 Spectacular Shots Of China's Bizarre Underwater City

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

A Chinese city, left to ruin after a dam flooded the valley it lay in, has become a paradise for divers, after an ingenious idea from a local tourist ...

Photojournalist Timothy Fadek Says 'War Is like Football'

Morgan Meaker | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Morgan Meaker

Timothy Fadek calls himself a "news junkie" but he's really a photojournalist, one of the best. On this topic, he's modest. He chuckles knowingly as I try to prize his global ranking from him. "I'm not telling you", he laughs. "I'm not in the top 1%, but I am in the top fifty".

Exhibition Review: World Press Photo 2013

Sumeet Grover | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

From homicides to war, the human condition and homosexuality to great achievements, sex trafficking to acid-burning of women, the common thread running underneath these photographs, selected out of over 103,000 entries worldwide, is the deep seated human desire to live out a life of irrevocable dignity.

Britain 'In Low Light' Uncovered In Nokia's Surprisingly Gritty Photo Essay

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Tech

Nokia has been making quite a bit of noise lately about the camera technology in its Lumia smartphones. And you can't blame them: the 41-megapixel sen...

Lumina International Photography Festival Opens In Italy

Rosie Scammell | Posted 25.01.2013 | Home
Rosie Scammell

A new photography festival opened in Tuscany on Saturday, where the prestigious World Press Photo exhibition vies for attention with an innovative project exploring European identity.

PICTURES: Incredible Lightning Storm Illuminates Split, Croatia

The Huffington Post | Chris York | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK

The Croatian seaside city of Split was the site of this beautiful display of lightning on Tuesday. Multiple forks struck the sea and land in a stor...

Diary from Kabul - Doctor Doctor!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

There is one area of frequent enquiry that streams my way, where I feel that I am not ideally qualified to comment. Doctors in Afghanistan are at best soothsayers, at worse fraudsters.

Diary from Kabul - Being English!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

All of my friends here come from far-flung places, a broader horizon that dispenses the notion that your own place of birth is best. Each fizzes your blood with unique cultural facets, we are simply part of something bigger.

Diary from Kabul - PTSD and Perms

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I think I may have been living in a war zone for too long, and it is taking its toll. Before Christmas I was talking with a friend who had been working in regions of conflict exclusively for 10 years and he described that there are something like 59 symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he exhibited 43 of them.

Diary from Kabul - One in the Chamber!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

My name is Martin Middlebrook. The 12 of you who read this regularly know this of course, but by other countries other conventions apply. So depending upon relative status or affection, my moniker here is either Kaakaa Martin, Mr Martin, or Martin Jan.

Diary from Kabul - The Commoditisation of Women

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Middlebrook

My westernised nephew said this to his father recently. "Men rule the world dad, but women control men, so really women rule the world". Very smart and intuitive, and quite possibly true in some households. But in Afghanistan women are the missing and beaten half of humanity.

Diary from Kabul - Bloody Sunday

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK
Martin Middlebrook

This week I have spent time in Mazar e Sharif in the north of Afghanistan, and as we drove back yesterday I said to my translator, "something big will hit Kabul soon, it's been too quiet for too long, the city is too calm:. He replied "do you think so boss?" "Of course" I said.

Diary From Kabul - Beirut and Back!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 13.06.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

On my final night in Beirut, we went out to dinner at a restaurant that specialises in Chocolate dishes. If your sole intake of chocolate for three months has been Ferrero Rocher, then you are to endorphins what insomnia is to sleep - utterly deprived.

Diary from Kabul - A Message for Mr Cameron

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 09.06.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

War pays I can tell you. Kabul is a building site and the construction industry is booming off the back of reconstruction. Now Mr David Cameron of the swept back hair and boyish looks, you're a clever man, just this week you flew over Afghanistan, did you perchance bother to look out of the window? If you had you would have seen how capitalism really works.

My Portrait of Damien Hirst: A Nipple is More Than a Dot

Jorn Tomter | Posted 01.06.2012 | Home
Jorn Tomter

To me, Damien Hirst seemed like a typical bloke in the pub who enjoys a pint and loves talking about football and girls. When I was in his office, he was very excited about the castle he had just bought.

Diary from Kabul - Off to Lebanon

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 30.05.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

So those of you who know and care, which excluding my mum is no telephone directory, will be aware that last week was to 'close' what Gillette are to shaving - a whisker away!

Diary From Kabul - Cheating Death in a Suicide Blast

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK
Martin Middlebrook

Going back is always the most dangerous thing you can do because terrorists frequently plant secondary devices, and the crowd so often turn on any westerners who are there. Photojournalists always reside in this complex middle ground between respect and getting the story. Without them we would not know the truth of conflict, and yet there can be a prurient side to our endeavors - what to do, the world should see the truth. We weigh these things up, and make our decisions, and this time it was a mistake, it could have been a terminal one.

Diary From Kabul - Things are Different Here!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 16.05.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

In Afghanistan you get power cuts every day, lots of them. There are times I admit that I do get a little frustrated with the internet going on the blink, particularly when you are in the middle of email sex with someone who is four time zones removed.

Diary from Kabul - Looking for Suicide Bombers!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

Everyone here plays a game of I spy when they are out and about. The idea is that you are trying to work out which of the 200,000 Toyota Corollas in front of you is loaded with fertilizer and ball bearings. It's not quite like the version of the game you played with your parents when stuck on the M6 trying to holiday in the lakes.

Diary from Kabul - Mosquitos and Bacon!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

In Afghanistan, officially of course, you can't get pork, as officially you can't get a drink, *hiccup* but of course it is available. But here is the rub, you find yourself eating bacon that could have been stripped from a rat, a small, infected rabid rat at that. It bears no resemblance to any bacon I have ever eaten.

Diary From Kabul - Children of War

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 25.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

Next to my tent in Camp Bastion is the Vigil Ceremony Parade Ground, where those killed in action are remembered. Inscribed on the monument are the names of all the soldiers that have given their lives in Helmand. Carved into stone are these words: "When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today."

Diary from Kabul - To Helmand and Back!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 18.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

We patrolled for six hours, a wearing journey I can assure you, and whilst never blasé, you can also become a little un-attentive after a while. 50 yards behind me a soldier lost his legs a couple of weeks back, 600 yards to my left is a sniper, to the front is a compound with insurgents, we can see them watching us, and the same to our right, a compound chock full of people who rightly or wrongly wish us ill.