National Press Club

Exhibit in NPC Lobby Honors AP Photographer Anja Niedringhaus

July 23, 2014 | By Myron Belkind |

“Camera in hand, photographer Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world's greatest dangers with compassion, talent and courage.

“Working in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, she showed the world the carnage and damage that war brings to all caught up in it -- especially civilians. She often trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still found a place to play. She singled out the humanity of individual soldiers amid their armies as they confronted death, injuries and attacks.

“Shot to death by an Afghan policeman in Afghanistan on April 4, 2014, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and touches the souls of those who contemplate her images.”

That tribute is part of the introductory panel to the exhibit of 34 photos from Niedringhaus’ body of work that will be on display in the National Press Club lobby on the 13th floor through August 26.

The photo exhibit coincides with the Club's annual Journalism Awards presentation on July 30, when the NPC President’s Award will be bestowed on Niedringhaus and her AP colleague, Kathy Gannon, who was wounded in the same attack. Gannon has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly three decades.

The NPC President’s Award, which is presented only on special occasions by the Club president with the approval of the NPC Board of Governors, recognizes Niedringhaus and Gannon for “their great courage and perseverance of the highest standards of journalism in the most difficult of circumstances.”