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Anja Niedringhaus, acclaimed photographer of life and death

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Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world's greatest dangers and had one of the world's most infectious laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars' unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond. Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts.

  • Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and AP reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.  The photos that follow celebrate her remarkable photojournalism.

    Mark J. Terrill / The Associated Press

    Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and AP reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. The photos that follow celebrate her remarkable photojournalism.

  • Dec. 24, 2002:  Hundreds of U.S. Marines gather at Camp Commando in the Kuwait desert during a Christmas Eve visit by Santa Claus.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Dec. 24, 2002: Hundreds of U.S. Marines gather at Camp Commando in the Kuwait desert during a Christmas Eve visit by Santa Claus.

  • March 30, 2003: Iraqi women line up for a security check by British soldiers on the outskirts of Basra, as they try to flee from this southern Iraqi town.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    March 30, 2003: Iraqi women line up for a security check by British soldiers on the outskirts of Basra, as they try to flee from this southern Iraqi town.

  • Feb. 2, 2005: A U.S. Marine cries during the memorial service for 31 killed U.S. servicemen at Camp Korean Village, near Rutbah, western Iraq.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Feb. 2, 2005: A U.S. Marine cries during the memorial service for 31 killed U.S. servicemen at Camp Korean Village, near Rutbah, western Iraq.

  • March 26, 2006:  Palestinians enjoy a ride at an amusement park outside Gaza City.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    March 26, 2006: Palestinians enjoy a ride at an amusement park outside Gaza City.

  • Friday, Jan. 16, 2009: An Israeli soldier jumps off an armored vehicle carrying a flag of Israel's 60th anniversary as he celebrates with his unit their return from the Gaza Strip on the Israeli side of the border.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2009: An Israeli soldier jumps off an armored vehicle carrying a flag of Israel's 60th anniversary as he celebrates with his unit their return from the Gaza Strip on the Israeli side of the border.

  • Sept. 15, 2009: An Afghan man on his donkey follows a convoy of German ISAF soldiers patrolling Yaftal E Sofla, in the mountainous region of Feyzabad, east of Kunduz, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Sept. 15, 2009: An Afghan man on his donkey follows a convoy of German ISAF soldiers patrolling Yaftal E Sofla, in the mountainous region of Feyzabad, east of Kunduz, Afghanistan.

  • Sept. 20, 2009: An Afghan boy holds a toy gun as he enjoys a ride with others on a merry-go-round to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Sept. 20, 2009: An Afghan boy holds a toy gun as he enjoys a ride with others on a merry-go-round to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Sept. 11, 2010: An Afghan boy on a donkey reacts as Canadian soldiers with the 1st RCR Battle Group, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrol in Salavat, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Minutes later the soldiers were attacked by grenades while leaving the village.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Sept. 11, 2010: An Afghan boy on a donkey reacts as Canadian soldiers with the 1st RCR Battle Group, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrol in Salavat, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Minutes later the soldiers were attacked by grenades while leaving the village.

  • March 19, 2011: A warplane of Moammar Gadhafi's forces is shot down over the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    March 19, 2011: A warplane of Moammar Gadhafi's forces is shot down over the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya.

  • March 29, 2011: A Libyan rebel urges people to leave as shelling from Gadhafi's forces started landing on the frontline outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Sirte, central Libya.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    March 29, 2011: A Libyan rebel urges people to leave as shelling from Gadhafi's forces started landing on the frontline outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Sirte, central Libya.

  • Sept, 17, 2011: A German soldier lifts weights at his combat outpost in Char Darah, outside Kunduz, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Sept, 17, 2011: A German soldier lifts weights at his combat outpost in Char Darah, outside Kunduz, Afghanistan.

  • Feb. 17, 2012: A Pakistani Army soldier with the 20th Lancers Armored Regiment stands atop the 8000-foot mountain during a patrol near his outpost, Kalpani Base, in Pakistan's Dir province on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Feb. 17, 2012: A Pakistani Army soldier with the 20th Lancers Armored Regiment stands atop the 8000-foot mountain during a patrol near his outpost, Kalpani Base, in Pakistan's Dir province on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

  • June 30, 2012: - Serena Williams of the United States reacts after winning against Zheng Jie of China during a third round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    June 30, 2012: - Serena Williams of the United States reacts after winning against Zheng Jie of China during a third round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England.

  • Jan. 28, 2012: Topless Ukrainian protesters climb up a fence at the entrance to the congress center where the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Jan. 28, 2012: Topless Ukrainian protesters climb up a fence at the entrance to the congress center where the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland.

  • In this Thursday, March 21, 2013 photo, hundreds of Afghans wait to see the holy flag at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    In this Thursday, March 21, 2013 photo, hundreds of Afghans wait to see the holy flag at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • May 13, 2013: An Afghan boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    May 13, 2013: An Afghan boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan.

  •  May 15, 2013: An Afghan National Police officer mans a checkpoint in the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    May 15, 2013: An Afghan National Police officer mans a checkpoint in the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan.

  • July 21, 2013: A woman takes a dip in Lake Geneva at sunrise in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    July 21, 2013: A woman takes a dip in Lake Geneva at sunrise in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Nov. 1, 2013: An Afghan man with his five children on his motorbike pays money to enter a park in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    Nov. 1, 2013: An Afghan man with his five children on his motorbike pays money to enter a park in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

  • March 12, 2014: Pakistani bank notes covered in blood are displayed on the body of a dead suicide bomber after police found them in his pocket after an attack on the former Afghan intelligence headquarters, in the center of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    Anja Niedringhaus / The Associated Press

    March 12, 2014: Pakistani bank notes covered in blood are displayed on the body of a dead suicide bomber after police found them in his pocket after an attack on the former Afghan intelligence headquarters, in the center of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • In this Oct. 26, 2001 file photo, Associated Press Islamabad bureau chief Kathy Gannon reports from the basement of the AP house in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a night of heavy bombing. For more than two weeks during the U.S. bombing campaign, she and AP Photographer Dimitri Messinis were the only Western correspondents in Kabul. Gannon was wounded during the shooting that killed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

    DIMITRI MESSINIS / The Associated Press

    In this Oct. 26, 2001 file photo, Associated Press Islamabad bureau chief Kathy Gannon reports from the basement of the AP house in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a night of heavy bombing. For more than two weeks during the U.S. bombing campaign, she and AP Photographer Dimitri Messinis were the only Western correspondents in Kabul. Gannon was wounded during the shooting that killed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

  • AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus in Rome in 2005.

    Peter Dejong / The Associated Press

    AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus in Rome in 2005.

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