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A Tribute To Photographer Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014)

The death of a photo journalist typically is a footnote in most newspapers and websites around the world, if noted at all. The death of Anja Niedringhaus appears to follow that trend. Her photography was beautiful and powerful, whether it was covering news events, sports, war and more. I, frankly, had not known her name prior to her death, but many of the photos in this video I had seen in news publications. She was just 48 years old.

Here is the story of her death as written in a Wikipedia page about Niedringhaus:

Niedringhaus was killed at the age of 48 in an attack in Afghanistan, while covering the country’s 2014 presidential election. Fellow AP journalist, Kathy Gannon, a 60 year old Canadian, was seriously injured in the attack and underwent emergency surgery. The attack took place at a checkpost on the outskirts of Khost city in Tani District, where the journalists were part of an independent election commission convoy delivering ballots under the protection of the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. While the two were waiting in the car, an Afghan police unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to their car and opened fire while yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great); shooting the two women in the back seat. After the attack, the officer surrendered, and was taken into custody.

Published on April 11, 2014

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