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. After graduating he travelled from port to port through the Caribbean and Mediterranean as crew on a sailboat to fund the start of his photographic career.
Ferguson first gained recognition for his work in 2009 when he embarked on a sustained survey of the US-led war in Afghanistan. This work received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and Photo District News.
Since that time he has worked in Iraq, India, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Greece, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, United Kingdom and his homeland Australia, among others.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is working on two monographs: a war diary of his time in Afghanistan and a critique of contemporary regional Australian identity.
Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.
Partial client and publication list:
New York Magazine, TIME Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, The Rubin Museum of Art, WaterAid, UNICEF, Monocle, Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Stern, Bloomberg Businessweek and Human Rights Watch.
Awards and honours:
2017 – Pictures of the Year International, Third Place, Issue Reporting Picture Story, ‘Brexit’ for The New York Times
2017 - American Photography 33, Winner, Annual Photo Book
2016 - American Photography 32, Winner, Annual Photo Book
2015 - Photo District News Photo Annual, Magazine Category, ‘The Dogs of War’ for National Geographic Magazine.
2015 - Photo District News Photo Annual, Personal Category, ‘Outposts, Afghanistan’.
2015 - National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Australia, Finalist, Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
2015 - Pictures of the Year International, News Picture Story Award of Excellence, ‘Mount Sinjar, Iraq’, for The New York Times.
2014 - European Publishers Award for Photography, Shortlisted, ‘Afghanistan’.
2013 – Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, Alumnus of the Year.
2011 - Pictures of the Year International, 1st Place News Story Multimedia, ‘Witness to the Pity of War, Afghanistan’, for TIME Magazine.
2010 - World Press Photo, 1st Place Spot News, ‘Kabul bombing, Afghanistan’, for The New York Times.
2010 - Australian Reportage Photo Festival, Professional Award 1st Place, ‘America at War, Afghanistan’.
2010 - 17th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Participant.
2010 - Photo District News Photo Annual, Photojournalism Award, ‘Afghanistan’ for TIME Magazine.
2010 - Pictures of the Year International, 1st Prize News Picture Story, ‘Afghan Elections’.
2010 - Pictures of the Year International, 3rd Prize Spot News, ‘Kabul bombing, Afghanistan’ for The New York Times.
2010 - Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence, ‘US Troops in Afghanistan’ for TIME Magazine’.
2009 - Photo District News 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, selected.
Main Solo Exhibitions:
2017 – Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia, ‘Through the Outback’.
2017 – Cortona on the Move International Photography Festival, Italy, ‘The Afghans’.
2013 - Reportage Festival of Documentary Photography, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, ‘Iraq’s Legacy’.
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