Anja Niedringhaus – image warrior. “What remains of the war are the photos. . . “
March 29 – June 30, 2019
Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Cologne, Germany
When the photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014) fell victim to an attack in Afghanistan five years ago, she left behind an impressive oeuvre. The Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne is presenting the first posthumous retrospective – an exhibition dedicated to the photographer’s oeuvre, which, in addition to images from war regions, also includes brilliant portraits and sports photographs. For more than a quarter of a century, Anja Niedringhaus reports on theaters of war all over the world: the Balkans, Iraq, Libya and again and again Afghanistan. Although her photographs are often made at the forefront at risk of death, the quality extends far beyond documenting events – her images are a call to peace. She is drawn back to Afghanistan time and again, most recently five years ago to report on the upcoming presidential elections for the Associated Press (AP) news agency. One day before the election, on April 4, 2014, Anja Niedringhaus was shot dead by an assassin there at the age of 48.