Jerome Delay is AP’s chief photographer for
Africa, based in Johannesburg. After working
as an AP stringer in Denver, Colorado and as a
staff photographer for Agence France-Presse
(AFP) in Washington, DC, Delay has been on
staff with the AP in a variety of roles: chief
photographer in Jerusalem, staff photographer
and international photo editor in Paris and
international photographer based in London
and in Paris.
He has covered the White House, the Calgary
Winter Olympics and World Cup soccer, as well
as conflicts all over the world: the Middle East
(Israel, Palestine, South Lebanon, Iraq), Africa
(Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Congo), the
Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia,
Serbia), Northern Ireland, Haiti, Kashmir and
When I took the Mali assignment a month ago,
I knew it would be challenging. I wondered
how, in an asymmetrical war (as the French
brass likes to call it), I would photograph a
pick-up full of Jihadists being taken out by a
smart bomb dropped from a Mirage fighter jet
in the middle of the desert. Remember rule
number one in photography: be there!
Jerome Delay is the Africa Chief
Photographer of the Associated
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