Adam Ferguson

Australia

Born in New South Wales, Australia, but residing in New York, Adam Ferguson is a photographer who, since his early twenties, has traveled mostly on assignment — often to areas of conflict and unrest. He first rose to prominence for his work in 2009, after embarking on a study of the U.S war in Afghanistan, and contributing to the New York Times, TIME Magazine and National Geographic. Best known for his work capturing civilians caught in the crossfire of geopolitical forces, we first spoke to Adam as part of our annual collaboration with World Press Photo following his time in West Africa, during which he documented young Nigerian girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram and forced to go on suicide missions. During his career, he has received multiple awards from American Photography, Pictures of the Year International, and The National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

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