In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus
Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on April 4, 2014.
An Afghan police officer opened fire on Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon from the Associated Press in a police headquarters in Khost province, after the women arrived with a convoy of election materials on Friday.
Niedringhaus died almost immediately from wounds to her head, a health official said, and Gannon was taken to hospital with less serious injuries after being shot twice. She later underwent surgery and was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel. Both were veteran correspondents with long experience covering Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, once a relatively safe place to work, has become increasingly deadly for journalists in the run up to the elections. Just last month Swedish-British radio reporter Nils Horner was shot dead in downtown Kabul. Days later Sardar Ahmad of the Agence France Press was gunned down, along with his wife and two children, in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul. His youngest son, two-year-old Abuzar, survived several gunshot wounds.
Niedringhaus has long been recognized for her expertise in gaining a subject’s trust and photographing them with a style that is immediately recognizable. Her attention to detail, composition and light come together to not only tell insightful stories but also to create works of art.
She worked for the European Press Photo Agency before joining the AP in 2002, based in Geneva. She had published two books. She was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.
Afghanistan — Daily Life (February 2014)
1. Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah listen to his speech during a campaign rally in Jalalabad on Feb. 18, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
2. An Afghan man, with a woman on the back, rides a bicycle in Kabul on Feb. 7, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
3. An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from the windshield of an armoured car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province on February 24, 2014. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
4. Afghan labours drink tea during their break at a charcoal shop on the outskirts of Kabul on Feb. 15, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
5. Afghan boys make a snowman by the palace of the late King Amanullah Khan, which was destroyed during the civil war in the early 1990s, in Kabul on Feb. 7, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
6. Afghans walk at a crowded market in Kabul on February 18, 2014. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
7. Afghan men take a photo on a destroyed Soviet military vehicle at a junkyard in Panjshir province, north of Kabul on February 14, 2014. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
8. An Afghan internally displaced girl holds a child as she poses for a picture at her home in a poor neighbourhood in Kabul on Feb. 19, 2014. (Massoud Hossaini/AP)
9. An Afghan man makes special sweets at a traditional factory in Kabul on February 18, 2014. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)
10. Dil Roba, 10, an Afghan girl, sits on her wheelchair at her temporary home on the outskirts of Kabul on Feb. 14, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)