Teru Kuwayama


Teru Kuwayama is a freelance photographer based in New York City. His first published photographs were in Maximum Rock'n'Roll, an international punk rock fanzine based in the Bay Area. In 1998, he began working as a contributing photographer to Life magazine, and then for other publications including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic and Outside. 

Since 2001, his work has focused on conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir. He is the co-founder of the website Lightstalkers.org, an online network of photographers, filmmakers, journalists, and members of the military and NGO communities. In 2007, he launched The Battlespace Project, a traveling group exhibition of photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His work was featured in Esquire Magazine's "The Best and Brightest" of 2004 and received numerous awards, including a 2009-2010 Knight Fellowship at Stanford, a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor award in 2009, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship in 2006, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in 2002 and the Alexia Award for World Peace in 1999. He is currently a 2010 TED Global fellow.

Recent Posts by Teru Kuwayama

  • KIA in the Age of Facebook

    No ground rules protected Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros as they covered the conflict in the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata. News of their deaths sped across a social network of professional communicators, stunned at the loss of two treasured colleagues.

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