News Activists carry posters as they shout slogans during a protest march against the gangrape and murder of a teenager, in India. The Indian politician has apologised after she said women invite rape.

She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

Velázquez with a Leica

Refugees are the topic of the moment. But for the photographer Sebastião Salgado, 'humanity in transition' is a long-term project.

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Photography: world press photo

Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious press photography contests in the world, World Press Photo at London's Hayward Gallery features 200 images capturing the most powerful, provocative and moving news events of 1998. Chosen by an international jury from more than 36,000 entries from 116 countries, the competition runs the gamut of photojournalism to include sport (Craig Golding's entry pictured right), science and technology, as well as the arts, nature and the environment. The award for World Press Photo of the Year for 1998 went to Dayna Smith for her stirring image of a widow in Kosovo. All prize-winning entries are included in the 1999 Annual Year Book, published by Thames and Hudson, priced pounds 12.95.

The Damage: Fiona McClymont uncovers the cost of the high and low life of a paparazzo

A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. The right picture at the right time could also be worth enormous sums of money. With one photo, a paparazzo can earn what more serious photojournalists would struggle to earn in a year or more. Although the public professes to hate the paparazzi, our insatiable desire for photos of the stars at play keeps the men behind the lenses in plentiful employment. No longer limited to a flashbulb and a Lambretta (as was the character Paparazzo in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, from which the name derives), paparazzi have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment and will often follow their targets for days or weeks. According to a leading paparazzo based in LA, who agreed to spill the beans only in return for anonymity (threatening me with photos of myself hanging out my undies if his identity is revealed), the cost of staking out a major star until the picture has been obtained, works out like this.

Letter: Kurds fight back

Sir: The use of your front cover photograph of 17 February, showing a young Kurdish protester ablaze in London, was possibly the most amoral piece of photojournalism I have ever seen.

Books: Photography: In the dream-space of desire

So many contemporary photographers are lost in a garishly explicit post-Nan Goldin world of nightclubs in Tokyo, that the re-presentation of the work of past masters - and mistresses - in impeccable formats is anything but regressive. Especially when it is done in such a way as to enable us to see anew how radical work from the pantheon once was.

Going Out: Event World Press Photo

This month, there's the chance to see 200 award-winning images capturing the most powerful news events of 1997. The annual World Press Photo Competition serves as a platform for international photo-journalism, and provides a whistle-stop tour of the world, documenting all major news events, including Tony Blair's election campaign and Dolly, the first cloned sheep.

The secret of my success: Rankin

Publisher, photographer and co-founder of the style magazine Dazed & Confused, Rankin has become a key figure for Nineties fashion and style. A book of his recent solo exhibition at the Tom Blau Gallery is now available, pounds 12.50

Too much camera club circa 1958

Award-winning 'Independent' photographer Brian Harris on why he's not joining the worshippers of Cartier-Bresson

Media: Photojournalism: Diana is not its greatest victim

The hunger for photographic sensation is not an invention of our times. The photograph on the left, of a woman executed in the electric chair, was snatched 70 years ago in the sleaziest fashion. As a new BBC series, produced by Tim Kirby, reveals, the history of photojournalism is a chequered one, with the opportunistic and amoral working alongside the noble and passionately committed

Letter: The press, not the Royals, hounded Diana

I object strongly to the way in which your article ("A day of emotion", 7 September) manipulated Earl Spencer's funeral address to make out it did something it didn't. It was not "a devastating attack on the Royal Family". The example given is that of the "anguish" Diana suffered. But this refers to the hounding she received from the press. Your writers show they knew perfectly well what he meant after he promised to "shield the princes from the paparazzi".

Diana 1961-1997: The paparazzi - 'The most frightening feeling in the world'

The underpass where Diana and Dodi met their deaths is notorious amongst celebrities visiting Paris. For those staying or dining at the Ritz, it's the main route away from the hotel, and hence a favoured hunting ground for seasoned paparazzi photographers.
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