Photo Guide April


In this month’s special edition of the best photojournalism , PG pays tribute to the German photographer Anja Niedringhaus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was killed April 4 th covering the presidential election in Afghanistan. She worked in the conflict areas of the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya from where she always displayed compassionate and courageous photojournalism


AN3Anja Niedringhaus laughs as she attends an event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens

AN15From one of the last set of photographs that Anja Niedringhaus filed from the Afghan elections; policemen secure the area as presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza arrives for a campaign rally at the stadium in Kabul

AN6Also from her last week, an Afghan soldier and a policeman queue to receive their registration cards on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul

AN5Her colleague, AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll said : ‚Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist, well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss.‘ In this photograph, taken on Thursday, an Afghan girl helps her brother down from a security barrier set up outside the Independent Election Commission office in the eastern Afghan city of Khost

AN7AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon wrote: ‚Anja Niedringhaus was one of the most talented, brave and accomplished photojournalists of her generation. She truly believed in the need to bear witness.‘ In this photograph from last month, Pakistani bank notes covered in blood are displayed on the body of a dead suicide bomber. Police found them in his pocket after an attack on the former Afghan intelligence headquarters in Kandahar

AN8Photojournalist Odd Andersen, who worked with Anja for many years, wrote, ’she gave underprivileged people a voice. She never lost sight of that‘. In this photograph taken in May 2013, Afghan children peer through a fence that surrounds a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. The swimming pool was built by the Soviets more than 30 years ago and has rarely been used

AN13An Afghan national police officer mans a checkpoint on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr on 15 May 2013

AN4AP colleague Muhammed Muheisen, who was with her the day before she was killed, wrote: ‚Anja in few words: caring, funny and committed to photography.‘ In this photograph taken on 9 June 2011, a US Marine walks towards food supplies after they were dropped by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The smoke in the background comes from parachutes that the Marines burn after landing

AN17Lance Corporal Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, shouts out as he is rescued and lifted onto a medevac helicopter after being shot in the stomach outside Sangin, Afghanistan, on 11 June 2011

ANAssociated Press president Gary Pruitt described Anja as ’spirited, intrepid and fearless, with a raucous laugh that we will always remember‘. Here, in this photograph taken on 11 June 2011, Lance Corporal Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, clutches his Rosary beads as he is treated by US Army flight medic Sgt Joe Campbell on a medevac helicopter after being shot in the stomach outside Sangin, Afghanistan

AN18A Canadian soldier with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, rests next to his guns after a mission in Khebari Ghar, Afghanistan, on 3 June 2010

AN14Injured US Marine Corporal Burness Britt is lifted onto a medevac helicopter in Sangin, Afghanistan, on 4 June 2011. Niedringhaus said: ‚In my 20 years as a photographer, covering conflicts from Bosnia to Gaza to Iraq to Afghanistan, injured civilians and soldiers have passed through my life many times. None has left a greater impression on me than Britt.‘ She searched for him for six months, finally tracking him down and visiting him in hospital in Richmond, Virginia, after he had undergone several operations and painful rehabilitation

AN2In 2012, Anja Niedringhaus wrote in a Harvard University publication on journalism: ‚For me, covering conflict and war is the essence of journalism. The legacy of any photographer is her or his ability to capture the moment, to record history. For me it is about showing the struggle and survival of the individual.‘ Here, an injured soldier loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is interrogated by a rebel soldier at the Jalaa hospital in Benghazi, Libya, on 19 March 2011

AN16An Afghan boy looks at German soldiers preparing an overnight camp during a long-term patrol in the mountainous region of Feyzabad

AN10The 1992-95 Bosnian war was the first conflict that Niedringhaus covered. In this photograph from 21 November 1994, a French UN soldier and a woman give first aid to a Bosnian soldier shot by a bullet on Sarajevo’s so-called Sniper Avenue

AN9Afghan men line up next to a destroyed passenger plane as they wait for humanitarian aid to be delivered near the stadium in Kabul on 4 February 2002

AN11A Libyan rebel prays next to his gun on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, on 21 March 2011

AN12From the same week in March 2011, Libyan rebels retreat as mortars from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces are fired at them on the frontline outside Ajdabiya

AN19Anja Niedringhaus was part of the AP team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for the coverage of the Iraq war. Here, US Marines of the 1st Division raid the house of a city council chairman in the Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad on 2 November 2004

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In this image taken Friday Sept. 11, 2011 AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus attends an exhibition of her work in Berlin. Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. Niedringhaus an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television freelancer who witnessed the shooting. Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention.

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