Afghan police officer killed a photographer

Photo by Peter Dejong/AP
Photo by Peter Dejong/AP

Photo by Peter Dejong/AP

AP photographer Anja Niedringhaust covering voting in Afghanistan was shot by a local police officer guarding the convoy  transporting ballot. The German war photographer died immediately, her journalist colleague was injured and has been taken to a hospital.

Many news websites wrote about (AP, NY Times, Voice of America, The LocalThe Review, stb) Anja Niedringhaus German photojournalist who has been covering events in Afghanistan for decades for AP news agency. She and her journalist colleague Kathy Gannonal of Canada were covering the presidential elections of Afghanistan. They were traveling with a convoy that transported ballots when a local police officer guarding the convoy approached their car and opened fire with his AK-47 shouting “Allahu Akbar!” The attacker then surrendered to the other police officers on site. The 48 year old photographer died immediately and the journalist was taken to hospital.

Click for photos!It's ironic how peaceful she photographed Afghan police officers one of whom she got her life taken.Fotó: Anja Niedringhaus/AP

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It’s ironic how peaceful she photographed Afghan police officers one of whom she got her life taken.
Fotó: Anja Niedringhaus/AP

Niedringhaus has been covering news and lives of people in Afghanistan for decades. She first arrived to the country in 2001 when US forces invaded and returned many times photographing everyday lives and and suffering. Her career started in Höxter in North Raine-Westphalie. She started photographing at her home town newspaper when she was sixteen. She studied German literature, philosophy and journalism at Göttingen highschool then she started working as a photojournalist at EPA photo agency then AP news agency.
She started conflict photography during the war in the former Yugoslavia. There she worked with some of my friends among Hungarian photographers. They all remember her as a kind and friendly colleague. She has been working for years in Sarajevo and later in other conflict zones. She worked in IraqKuwaitLybia and Gaza too. In 2005 she was among the AP photographers who won the Pulitzer prize for their images taken during the war in Iraq. She usually photographed life of civil inhabitants even in war zones but she was photographing other subjects as well like the Olympics in London.

Photo by Markus Schreiber

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Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus stands next to photographs from Iraq, left, and Afghanistan, right, during a press preview of her exhibition “Anja Niedringhaus At War” at the Gallery C/O in Berlin, on September 9, 2011.
Photo by Markus Schreiber

Director of the news agency Gary Pruitt wrote about her in a letter to the staff “spirited, intrepid and fearless, with a raucous laugh that we will always remember“. He also adds in the message “Anja is the 32nd AP staffer to give their life in pursuit of the news since AP was founded in 1846, […] This is a profession of the brave and the passionate, those committed to the mission of bringing to the world information that is fair, accurate and important. Anja Niedringhaus met that definition in every way.”

In last November The Atlantic had a big picture gallery of her images titled Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus, more of her images can be seen in the AP staffer gallery and on her own website.

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