AP PHOTOS: From the eye of Anja Niedringhaus

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AP PHOTOS: From the eye of Anja Niedringhaus
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FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 file photo, hundreds of U.S. Marines gather at Camp Commando in the Kuwait desert during a Christmas eve visit by Santa Claus. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 file photo, hundreds of U.S. Marines gather at Camp Commando in the Kuwait desert during a Christmas eve visit by Santa Claus. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 file photo, topless Ukrainian protesters climb up a fence at the entrance to the congress center where the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 file photo, 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. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 25, 2008 file photo, Switzerland’s Roger Federer walks across the court as a shaft of late afternoon light illuminates the Centre Court during his second round match against Sweden’s Robin Soderling at Wimbledon, England. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, March 19, 2011 file photo,a warplane of Moammar Gadhafi’s forces is shot down over the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 19, 2011. Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday April 4, 2014. Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” _ God is Great _ and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

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Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and immensely talented Associated Press photographer who has covered everything from sports to war, was killed while covering elections in Afghanistan on Friday.

Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded.

“Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss,” said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking in New York.

Niedringhaus has long been recognized for her expertise in gaining a subject’s trust and photographing them with a style that is immediately recognizable. Her attention to detail, composition and light come together to not only tell insightful stories but also to create works of art.

Niedringhaus covered conflict zones including Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Gaza and the West Bank during a 20-year stretch, beginning with the Balkans in the 1990s. She had traveled to Afghanistan numerous times since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Niedringhaus, who also covered sports events around the globe, has received

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