Anja Niedringhaus—At War
Hatje Cantz Verlag / Ostfildern, Germany
We may not know it, but most of us have seen her pictures. They cover the front pages of newspapers and magazines worldwide and shape our image of the wars and crises afflicting people all over the world. From Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Israel—Anja Niedringhaus has spent the past twenty years photographing suffering and misery with unflinching candour. As one of the few women in this branch of reportage, she has made it her mission to document human tragedies and the deep scars left by violence. Out on the job, she doesn’t seek to capture scenes from the outside—she is in the middle of the action, participating in the war. The pictures are accompanied by short diary-like descriptions of the scene and circumstances by the photographer. The use of a typewriter font and simplicity of the design emphasize the authenticity of the subject matter.