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Let us now praise and mourn the wonderful photographer Anja Niedringhaus
April 4, 2014 11:40 AM   Subscribe

"When you say ‘war photographer’ the first image that comes to mind is someone crazy for the bang bang. Not Anja. She was an artist. She used her sensitivity and sense of understanding to access the human side of war." In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus (1965—2014). Her photographs are powerful and beautiful.
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The Atlantic In Focus blog highlighted her photos today, and also linked to her photo-essay about the Afghanistan War (a lot of overlap in photos).
posted by ChuraChura at 11:56 AM on April 4


I had never thought of war photographers as "crazy for the bang bang" and remember that a student of mine took his own life some time after serving in Viet Nam as an army photographer.
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Photographs with links to the stories they illustrated.
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War photographers (& war correspondents) fascinate me. I'd love to read a memoir or a biography (or three) about someone who chose to live this life. Paul Watson, I know, wrote a book about his experiences recently. Just a mind boggling way to live.
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Those photographs…

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Nieman Storyboard: Remembering Anja Niedringhaus
Columbia Journalism Review: Afghanistan appears deadlier for journalists
Carlotta Gall writes for At War: We Were Just Laughing:Days With Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon
It is heartbreaking to call friends and colleagues in Kabul on a day like this. The connection from the United States is bad and I can barely catch their words. I was just there with them all earlier this week, laughing and swapping stories with two veteran journalists, Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press, longtime fellow chroniclers of events in Afghanistan.

Today I woke to learn that Anja, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer, had been shot dead and Kathy, a veteran foreign correspondent, was gravely wounded, fired upon by an Afghan police commander as they sat in their car. They were on a reporting trip covering the Afghan presidential election, accompanying officials distributing materials in eastern Afghanistan for Saturday’s vote.
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Niedringhaus' own account in 2011 of reuniting with a wounded Marine she'd photographed.
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