The work of Anja Niedringhaus goes beyond sensationalism. Her photographs present an unbiased account of people's stories – reflecting their grief, fear and disappointment as well as affection and joy amidst a permanent environment of violence, destruction and death. Professionalism, high risk tolerance and an impartial approach are defining hallmarks of her work.
Niedringhaus received numerous awards for her work, including the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 2005. As well as publications in all manner of printed media, her images were regularly used in television reports and are still extensively represented online. Almost all of us are in fact familiar with her photographs – even though few are aware of who their author is. Her earlier work was published with the emblem of the European Press Agency (epa), who offered Niedringhaus a permanent position at the age of just 24 – making her the first woman and youngest team member the agency had ever employed. Her later work was published under the US-based news agency AP, for whom she worked until her death in 2014.
On 4 April 2014, Anja Niedringhaus was shot dead in Khost province, travelling in a car convoy to cover the presidential elections.
Exhibition opening: Saturday 31 January, 17.00
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