“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,” AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said in a statement issued by the wire service.
Two years ago, in a reflection about her work for Neiman Reports, Niedringhaus said that covering conflict and war is the essence of journalism for her.
"My assignment, regardless of the era, is about people—civilians and soldiers," she wrote. "The legacy of any photographer is her or his ability to capture the moment, to record history. For me it is about showing the struggle and survival of the individual."
Here are some of the images captured by Anja Niedringhaus over the years.
See more images by Niedringhaus below.