Anja / by Bill Frakes

That laugh. Those eyes. The best.

Anja was a force. Intellectually, visually, journalistically and personally.

The body of work she put together in far too little time is as good as anything we have ever seen. A wonderful blend of action, reaction, motion and emotion.

She died senselessly. Her life stolen by a coward hiding beyond an automatic weapon and a uniform.

I adore her. Her humor, her passion, her vision, her goodness.

She just can't be gone. With all of us she will be forever here.

Links to a small portion of her work:

Update: The International Women’s Media Foundation created an award in Anja's honor. The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award will be given annually. Learn more at