Photo Gallery The Works of Anja Niedringhaus

Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan: Anja Niedringhaus worked as a professional photojournalist for more than 20 years and received numerous prizes for the images she took. Here, a look at some of her best.
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Anja Niedringhaus worked as a professional photojournalist for more than 20 years and worked for the Associated Press. A native of Germany, she is well known for her work in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The 48-year-old was shot and killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Khost last Friday.

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Niedringhaus had worked for AP since 2002. Here, she is seen at an exhibit of her work at the Gallery C/O in Berlin in 2011. The image behind her ...

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... was taken in September 2009 in Kabul. The boy holding the toy gun was taking part in the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the fasting month Ramadan.

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Niedringhaus spent a substantial amount of time in Afghanistan in recent years. This image is from September 2010 and was taken not far from Kandahar.

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When she was shot last Friday, Niedringhaus was photographing preparations for the Afghan elections. She took this image last Tuesday outside a school in Kabul.

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This picture is also from Kabul, but was taken in 2012. At the opening of her exhibit in Berlin in 2011, she said: "Sometimes I feel bad because I can always leave the conflict (and) go back home to my family where there's no war."

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In this image, from March 30, 2014, an Afghan carpet seller holds up a framed carpet depicting President Hamid Karzai. She was shot by an Afghan policeman who says he was out for revenge against NATO.

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Many of Niedringhaus's photographs showed the human side of people living in war zones. This image shows Zekrullah, a 23-year-old day laborer who was working at a brick factory outside Kabul. The image is from November 2013.

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In June 2011, Niedringhaus accompanied the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino. Here, Travino is loaded into a medevac helicopter after being shot in the stomach.

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Here, Trevino clutches Rosary beads after being loaded into the helicopter.

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Niedringhaus also accompanied Cpl. Burness Britt on a medevac flight after he was wounded by an IED in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

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Six months later, Niedringhaus visited Britt in the Hunter Holmes Medical Center in Richmond, Va. Here, Britt reacts upon seeing the images she originally took of him shortly after the attack.

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In 2005, Niedringhaus was part of the team of AP photojournalists that won the Pulitzer Prize for their portfolio of images from Iraq. This picture shows a US Marine carrying a mascot in his backpack for good luck as his unit pushes into Fallujah.

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This Iraqi man just learned that a relative of his had been killed in an explosion outside of a Baghdad police station.

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Niedringhaus took this photo in September 2011 at the Char Darah combat post outside Kunduz. It shows a German soldier lifting weights.

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Niedringhaus didn't just take pictures in war zones. This image also comes from her portfolio: Pope John Paul II grabbing some shut-eye during a 2003 trip to Slovakia.

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In 2012, Niedringhaus was in London for the Olympic Games. Among others, she took this iconic image of sprinter Oscar Pistorius. In total, she took photos at nine Olympic games.

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This photo is from the 2003 World Athletics Championships in Paris and shows Brigitte Foster-Hylton during the 100 meter hurdles semi-final.

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Niedringhaus was in New York in November of 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president for the first time. This image shows the reaction of a woman in a taxi.

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This image was taken in 2003 during a troop visit by President George W. Bush during Thanksgiving in Baghdad.

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Christmas eve 2002 in Camp Commando in the Kuwait desert. "I don't believe conflicts have changed since 9/11 other than to become more frequent and protracted," she told the New York Times in a 2011 email exchange.

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An image from 1996 showing Swedish politician Carl Bildt, who is now the country's foreign minister, as he talks on the phone outside the Saraj Hotel in Sarajevo.

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A woman breaks into tears in 1993 in Sarajevo after being told, after waiting for hours for drinking water, that there was none left.

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Niedringhaus also had a home in Geneva and planned to swim the width of the lake this summer, according to the AP's obituary. This image is of a woman enjoying an early morning swim in Lake Geneva in July 2013.

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Niedringhaus in Jerusalem in 2013. She began her photojournalism career at the age of 16 in her hometown of Höxter. She studied literature, philosophy and journalism at university.

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Niedringhaus' AP colleague Kathy Gannon was also injured in the attack last Friday. She is said to be in stable condition. This image is of Gannon visiting a school in Kandahar.

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Niedringhaus at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Colleagues say that her frequent and full-throated laugh was infectious.

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An Afghan honor guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside of his house in Kabul on March 10 of this year.

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Niedringhaus was also in Libya during the violence that led to the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Niedringhaus was injured several times while on assignment, including a broken leg in the Balkans after narrowly escaping an ambush.

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In 2011, Niedringhaus was in the western Pakistani city of Quetta. This image was taken from a truck en route to Kandahar.

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UN peacekeepers carry the coffin of a French soldier who lost his life in Bosnia in 1995.

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Libyan rebels celebrating after pushing back Gadhafi's forces from Benghazi in March of 2011. In one mail from Libya that month, she wrote to a colleague: "Benghazi was hell today. The tanks came in while I was brushing my teeth."

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In this photo from 2006, Palestinians take a ride in an amusement park, outside Gaza City.

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