photographer Anja Niedringhaus

re-blogging this from the Lens Blog. Want to remember the post and her.

Parting Glance: Anja Niedringhaus
Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press, was killed in Eastern Afghanistan today when an Afghan policeman approached her vehicle at a security checkpoint and opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The German native was 48 years old.

The front page of Friday’s edition of the International New York Times. An image by Anja Niedringhaus was published on the front page of the paper the same day she was killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.

> also article @ British Journal of Photography

> and collection of images @ The Atlantic


Estadio Nacional, Santiagophoto ©Lorie NovakI have been in Chile since Sunday with my research group “Women Mobilizing Memory” – scholars, artists, friends from NYC, Santiago, and Istanbul. We spent 5 days in Chile visiting memorial sites and celebrating the election of Michelle Bachelat. Now I am on the beach in Concon, 2 hours from Santiago trying to digest it all. Yesterday we visited the soccer stadium where prisoners were taken after the coup on 9.11.73 until the end of November when the stadium was need to play soccer (!). It was an overwhelming experience which I cannot put into proper words yet, so I choose these photos. photo © Lorie NovakA section of the seats remain as they were.

photo ©Lorie NovakIn the bowels of the stadium we are shown where the prisoners were kept. Our guide has led the fight almost single-handed to preserve this © Lorie Novak

Estadio Nacional in Wikipedia 

On Libya’s Missing Men

On Libya’s Missing Men—By Guy Martin Harpers Magazine.

In the spring of 2011, photographer Guy Martin came across a wall covered with photographs of missing men outside the central courthouse in Benghazi, Libya. They were images of men who had disappeared during the forty years that Muammar Qaddafi had ruled the country, whether during the conflict then taking place or during decades of arrests and kidnappings. At the time Martin was there, fierce fighting was still underway between rebels and government forces, with months to go before Qaddafi would be overthrown. The pictures have since been removed.


“O’ Say Can You See” Installation by Laura Poitras

 “O’ Say Can You See” Installation by Laura Poitras at CDS
O’ Say Can You See? is Poitras’ first art gallery exhibition. Her installation features a projection of the imagery from Ground Zero in 2001, with audio recorded weeks later at the Yankees’ comefrom-behind Game 4 World Series victory on October 20. Poitras has said that “_O’ Say Can You See?_ returns to the moment of innocence when America waited for the dead to arise. It is a meditation on loss and revenge.” Interviews with recently released detainees from Guantanamo Bay are presented on flat screen monitors, adding new layers of information and emotion about the War on Terror. pdf with more info

Laura Poitras
from Women & Film site

The Challenger Explosion 01.28.1986

I remember that I was in the shoe repair store on Bleecker between Broadway and Lafayette and there was a small TV mounted near the ceiling. As I either dropping off or picking up my shoes, there I saw the crash. The owner and I did not know what we looked at. It soon became clear. I think of the Challenger explosion everytime I pass that store.

Original ABC newcast with Peter Jennings = incredible. I recorded the audio AND
CNN live video of Challenger Crash Jan. 28, 1986

Excellent coverage with original photos, interactive, and more on MSNBC

original TODAY show coverage from the next day 1.19.1986 with Jane Pauly

Aftermath of Tucson Shooting

info from Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Can’t read enough about Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting. I was struck yesterday how there were no postings of the scene or anything bloody – just smiling photos of Gifford. News media definitely approaches mass killing related to politicians differently in this country than in others. I actually admire the restraint in this case but will do some comparison research at a later date. Right now I just check in hoping her condition improves and look for intelligent analysis.