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Two AFP photo exhibitions featured at Visa pour l’Image

Two contrasting photo exhibitions by AFP will be featured in the International Photojournalism festival Visa pour l’Image which runs from August 30 to September 14 2014 in Perpignan, France.

One showcases AFP’s prize-winning coverage of Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in November 2013, and the other features images taken by children in a Rio favela on the eve of the FIFA World Cup.

The typhoon exhibition brings together the work of five photographers who captured the scale of the devastation and the plight of the survivors. Some 8,000 people were left dead or missing and AFP had a 24-hour lead on its competition in the coverage.

French photographer Philippe Lopez, who has worked in Asia for AFP for 14 years, won the Spot News Singles prize at this year’s World Press Photo awards for his haunting image of a religious procession taken against a backdrop of devastation in Tolosa.  Philippines photographer Noel Celis, who has been with AFP since 2009, was one of the first journalists on the scene and his image of the destruction made the cover of Time Magazine.

The exhibition also features images taken by AFP’s chief photographer in the Philippines, Teodoro Aljibe, Thailand-based Danish photographer Nicolas Asfouri, and Norwegian Odd Andersen, the agency’s chief photographer for Germany and Scandinavia.

The second exhibition features images taken by 18 teenagers living in the Rio favela Cidade de Deus (City of God) in a project organized by AFP’s chief photographer in Brazil Christophe Simon.

Simon and fellow AFP photographer Yasuyochi Chiba supervised the youngsters as they used borrowed cameras to capture their passion for football and give a glimpse into their daily lives in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.

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