AP Images, a division of the Associated Press, offers its global partners immediate access to more than six million entertainment, sports, news and lifestyle photographs for professional buyers. AP’s photography is ubiquitous and frequently groundbreaking, with 30 Pulitzer Prizes announced for the agency’s photographic arm over the past 90 years. No other news organisation has won more Pulitzers for their images.
The AP archive spans 155 years and includes many of the greatest events in modern history, from political elections to military conflicts, refugee movements to protests, and iconic sporting competitions to celebrity events.
The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 by publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is known today as the most prestigious honour for journalism in the US, if not worldwide. Iconic images of the Vietnam War, ethnic violence in Rwanda, President Clinton’s impeachment and other moments in history have earned Pulitzers for Associated Press, while more recently Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen were successful in the breaking news photography category for their coverage of the Syrian civil war.
Above, from left to right: (1) President Ronald Reagan is captured during the assassination attempt on his life in 1981; (2) A starving woman is fed at a health clinic during fighting between government troops and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rebels in 1994; (3) Vietnamese children escape an aerial napalm attack in 1972; (4) A pistol is fired at suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem in 1968; (5) US Marines raise the American flag atop Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan in 1945; (6) A released prisoner of war is greeted by his family in California in 1973; (7) A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near a hospital in Aleppo in 2012; (8) A US Marine leads away a captured man in Iraq in 2004.
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States, but before that he was a real estate tycoon, reality TV personality, and a fixture of VIP circles in New York and beyond. From the Emmy Awards to the US Open and casting calls for The Apprentice, a generous archive of Trump appearances from the 1970s onwards details the life and times of one of America’s most controversial celebrity figures.
Above, from left to right: (1) Donald Trump displays an artist’s concept of a new Manhattan complex called Television City in 1985; (2) Trump and Melania Knauss arrive at the 56th Emmys in LA in 2004; (3) Trump and his daughter Ivanka attend a US Open match in 1994; (4) Trump and his wife Ivana pictured backstage at Carnegie Hall with Liza Minelli and Henry and Nancy Kissinger in 1987; (5) Trump leaves a news conference with heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and his wife Robin Givens in 1988; (6) Trump poses in front of a helicopter in 1988; (7) Trump throws out the first pitch at a baseball game in Chicago in 2000; (8) Trump speaks at a casting call for the second season of The Apprentice in 2004.
The year of 1964 belonged to The Beatles, with an explosive world tour that took in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the US. The British magazine The Spectator described the reception as “hysterical” after young fans, music critics and celebrities alike clamoured to meet or even just glimpse the Fab Four. From London to New York, AP photographers were there to capture the action.
Above, from left to right: (1) The Beatles arrive in Liverpool for the premiere of their movie A Hard Day’s Night; (2) The Beatles hold a press conference; (3) The Beatles wade in the surf at Miami; (4) Protesters march at San Francisco International Airport ahead of the band arriving for their US tour; (5) A tearful Beatles fan pleads with a policeman to carry a badge to Ringo in Indianapolis; (6) Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay at the time, celebrates after toppling the Beatles; (7) Paul McCartney on the set of the Ed Sullivan show; (8) John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, sit in a London airport.
One of the biggest news stories of 2018 focused on the swell of migrants shifting northwards from Central America. Authorities say at least 283 people died on the US-Mexico border last year, yet tens of thousands are still making the journey from countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where gang violence and poverty is rampant. As both the US and Mexico implement tougher policies to deter undocumented migrants, AP is covering the daily life of those risking everything for a new home.
Above, from left to right: (1) Migrants catch a ride on a freight train on their way north in Chiapas state, Mexico in June 2019; (2) A mad scramble up a riverbank at the Mexico-US border in November 2018; (3) Honduran transgender woman Alexa Amaya uses a compact mirror to apply makeup while riding in the back of a flatbed truck to Sayula, Mexico in November 2018; (4) Migrants begin their morning trek facing the Pico de Orizaba volcano in Mexico in November 2018; (5) Migrants wade across the Suchiate River that connects Guatemala and Mexico in October 2018; (6) An aerial shot shows migrants on top of a truck in Mexico in October 2018; (7) Honduran migrants bathe in a river in Pijijiapan, Mexico, in October 2018; (8) The Zelaya siblings, Nayeli, Anderson and Daniela, huddle together on a soccer field in Mexico in April 2018.
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