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. Since that time he has worked internationally with a focus on conflict and civilians caught amidst geopolitical forces, contributing to The New York Times, Time Magazine and National Geographic, amongst others.

Over the years he has been the recipient of awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Photo District News, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, American Photography and his photographs have been included in several solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

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.

Education:

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, The Financial Times Magazine, Stern, Bloomberg Businessweek and Human Rights Watch.

Awards and honours:

2018 – World Press Photo, Nominated, Photo of the Year, ‘Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them’ for The New York Times

2018 – World Press Photo, 1st Place People Stories, ‘Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them’ for The New York Times

2018 - Pictures of the Year International, 1st Place, Photographer of the Year

2018 – Photo District News, 1st Place, Photographer of the Year

2018 – Photo District News, 1st Place, Documentary, Photo Annual

2018 – Lens Culture Portrait Awards, 2nd Place Series, ‘Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them’ for The New York Times

2018 - Pictures of the Year International, 2nd Place, Portrait Series, ‘They Carried Suicide Bombs’ for The New York Times

2018 - American Photography 34, Photo Annual

2018 - National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Australia, Finalist

2018 – Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia, Finalist

2017 – Pictures of the Year International, Third Place, Issue Reporting Picture Story, ‘Brexit’ for The New York Times

2017 - American Photography 33, Winner, Photo Annual

2016 - American Photography 32, Winner, Photo Annual

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

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

Collections:

Museum of Fine Arts Houston