Adam Ferguson (b.1978) was born and grew up in regional New South Wales, Australia before studying photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Upon graduating Ferguson received a Griffith University Peace Scholarship involving him in his first international assignment in Cambodia. After freelancing in Mexico, he travelled from port to port as crew on a sailboat to fund the start of his photographic career.
From 2007 to 2010 Ferguson based himself in New Delhi, India and developed an uncompromising body of work that explores the social and political complexities of South Asia. Of particular note is his sustained survey of the US-led military occupation of Afghanistan, where he continues to work. Since that time he has also worked in Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Greece, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt and Australia, among others.
While having a career emphasis on the impact of geopolitics, Ferguson is a visual storyteller that works across artistic, photojournalistic and commercial spheres. He lives in New York and is working on two monographs: a war diary of his time in Afghanistan and a critique of contemporary regional Australian identity.
Partial client and publication list:
TIME Magazine, Wired, The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Monacle, Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Stern, Bloomberg Businessweek, Human Rights Watch and Photo District News.
Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.
Awards and honours:
2016 - Winner, American Photography 32, Annual Photo Book
2015 - Magazine Category, Photo District News Photo Annual (The Dogs of War, for National Geographic Magazine)
2015 - Personal Category, Photo District News Photo Annual (Outposts)
2015 - Finalist, National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Australia.
2015 - News Picture Story Award of Excellence, Pictures of the Year International (Mount Sinjar for The New York Times)
2014 - Shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography
2013 – Alumnus of the Year, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2011 - 1st Place News Story Multimedia, Pictures of the Year International (Witness to the Pity of War, Afghanistan, for TIME)
2010 - 1st Place Spot News, World Press Photo (Kabul bombing, Afghanistan, for The New York Times)
2010 - Professional Award, Australian Reportage Photo Festival (America at War, Afghanistan, for TIME)
2010 - 17th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2010 - Photojournalism Award, Photo District News Photo Annual (Afghanistan, for TIME)
2010 - 1st Prize News Picture Story, Pictures of the Year International (Afghan Elections, freelance)
2010 - 3rd Prize Spot News, Pictures of the Year International (Kabul bombing, Afghanistan, for The New York Times)
2010 - Award of Excellence, Pictures of the Year International (US Troops in Afghanistan, for TIME)
2009 - Photo District News 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch
Main Solo Exhibitions:
2013 - Iraq’s Legacy, Reportage Festival of Documentary Photography, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia.
Main Group Exhibitions:
2015 - ‘Emerging’ (A retrospective of work from photographers selected in the PDN30) Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2015 - National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Australia.
2012 - WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY Museum of Fine Arts Houston
2009 - World Press Photo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston