Saw this photo which was taken by Hyungwon Kang, an old newspaper colleague who shoots for Reuters, and it reminded me of how talented the best photo-journalists are. This was taken last Thursday night obviously in our nation’s capital:

My brief stint as a journalist right out of college taught me that the romantic notions I held of that profession are far from the truth, but I still think there’s something extremely cool about being a photo-journalist; especially the ones who get to travel the globe and capture history as it unfolds in real time. I enjoy the Wall Street Journal’s Photo Journal blog because it features some amazing news images by the best photo-journalists from all around the world. There are a lot of great pictures so to narrow it down, here’s a sampling of some shots from the past week that’s “Asian-related.”

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Heilongjiang province, China (photo by Ng Han Guan):

A young ballet dancer in Shanghai (photo by Nir Elias):

Afghan refugees in Pakistan (photo by Muhammed Muheisen):

A swimmer walking into the Songhua River in Jilin province, China. The local temperature reached -22 degrees Fahrenheit (photo from Reuters/China Daily):

A woman with a plastic bag on her head as snow falls in Wuhan, Hubei province, China (photo from Reuters):

A Sikh man in a holy pond at Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, to mark the birthday of the tenth Sikh guru, Gobind Singh. (photo by Altaf Qadri):

Prep for a fish auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The market handles approximately 2,888 tons of fish daily. (photo by Koichi Kamoshida):

Police pull a slain comrade’s body from the scene of a clash with separatists in Srinagar, India. Militants threw grenades and opened fire, killing the officer (photo by Umar Ganie):

An Asian Cup qualifying soccer match between Yemen and Japan in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is pictured in the poster. (photo by Ahmed Jadallah):

A young Buddhist monk listens to the Dalai Lama’s lecture at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India. (photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh):

Yokozuna Asashoryu, right, accompanied by an attendant, performs ceremonial stomping at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo (photo by Shizuo Kambayashi):

Tibetans follow the rituals of Ke Chang Tou by laying facedown on the ground every three steps on their pilgrimage to Lhasa, Tibet. The journey can last months or years. (photo by Xin Ning):

Hope these beautiful images inspire you to have a great Monday and start of the work week!


  1. Wonderful! Thank you!


  2. I enjoyed these a lot, Phil. photos are the best things ever. thanks.

  3. Man…I want to be a photojournalist.

  4. I like my naps and all, but laying down every three steps seems excessive.

    Check out the Big Picture for some amazing photos too