Anja Niedringhaus

Today, it was reported that Pulitzer Prize winner Anja Niedringhaus was killed in an Afghan shooting.  If you do not know who Anja Niedringhaus was, do not fret, neither did I. She was a German journalist and photographer who was gathering information in regards to the Afghanistan presidential election that is happening tomorrow.  She and a Canadian reporter were fired upon while seated in the back of a car, and Niedringhaus suffered fatal wounds.

Niedringhuas, while a reporter, was also a photographer.  She has taken some of the most beautiful pictures I have seen recently.  Below, I will embed some of my favorites:

Source text: “School children pass by a graffiti reading, “ballot not bullet” on their way back home on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.”

Source text: “An Afghan boy holds a toy gun as he enjoys a ride with others on a merry-go-round to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.”

Source text: “An Afghan police officer watched a checkpoint near Maidan Shahr, the capital of Wardak province.”

It is sad to learn of the death of any human, but especially the death of one so apparently talented and still, relatively young, at only 48.  These photos and many more can be found on Anja Niedringhaus’ webpage:


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