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Adam Ferguson (photographer) Australia 1978

Adam Ferguson (photographer)

Adam Ferguson, born in Australia in 1978, is an Australian freelance photojournalist currently working out of New Delhi, India. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

Early life

Ferguson was born and grew up in New South Wales, Australia.


In 2004, Ferguson graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Photography. After graduating, he worked as a deckhand, sailing through the Caribbean, Central America and the Mediterranean to fund the beginning of his photographic career.
From 2007 to 2011, Ferguson lived in New Delhi, India, where he photographed social tensions within the world's largest democracy. He travelled to Pakistan to capture the country's constant struggle with poverty and political insecurity by embarking on his most in-depth photographic project: an exploration into the corners of the U.S.-led military occupation of Afghanistan
When in Pakistan, Ferguson was at a suicide bombing where he captured one of his best photos to date. While at the heart of the fire, he saw different explosions coming out from different buildings and different people being dragged out as well. Ferguson writes "It was one of those situations where you have to put fear aside and focus on the job at hand: to watch the situation and document it." His photo of a woman being escorted out of a building was said[according to whom?] to have epitomised the whole mood. She was in the centre of the crime. Her facial expression and whole mood was captured in the shot. After winning an award for this photo, Ferguson said "I felt sad. People were congratulating me and there was a celebration over this intense tragedy that I had captured. I reconciled it by deciding that more people see a story when a photographer's work is decorated."
In 2009 he was featured by Photo District News as one of thirty "new and emerging photographers to watch". In August 2009, he accompanied the Apache company to establish a combat-operations post in the Tangi Valley near Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ferguson twice in 2007 visited Churachandpur District in India's troubled north east, where media access for foreign journalists is usually restricted, as a HIV program officer with an NGO working with injecting drug users. Meeting young people battling heroin addiction on the streets and in rehabilitation centres, people living with HIV contracted through drug use, and families struggling with members using heroin, he documented the lives devastated by Manipur's heroin trade. Ferguson exhibited "Heroin in Manipur" at FotoFreo (Fremantle) in 2008.
Ferguson won the first prize in the spot news singles category of the World Press Photo Awards 2010 for a photograph taken after a suicide bombing in Kabul.
In 2013, Ferguson was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald discussing his time in Iraq. Ferguson also exhibited his work at an outdoor installation exhibition under the Cahill Express Way at Circular Quay as a featured part of the Reportage Festival the same year. He was alongside photographer James Nachtwey in sharing their work in the exhibition.

Awards and honours

  • 2009– Selected, Photo District News 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch
  • 2010– 1st Place Spot News, World Press Photo (Kabul Bombing, Afghanistan for The New York Times)
  • 2010– Professional Award, Australian Reportage Photo Festival (Afghanistan for Time)
  • 2010– Participant, 17th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
  • 2010– Photo District News Photo Annual (Afghanistan for Time)
  • 2010– 1st Prize News Picture Story, Pictures of the Year International (Afghanistan)
  • 2010– 3rd Prize Spot News, Pictures of the Year International (Kabul Bombing, Afghanistan for The Times)
  • 2010– Award of Excellence, Pictures of the Year International (Afghanistan for Time)
  • 2011– 1st Place News Story Multimedia, Pictures of the Year International (Witness to the Pity of War for Time)
  • 2014– Shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography

Major exhibitions


  • 2013– Iraq's Legacy, Reportage Festival of Documentary Photography, Sydney


  • 2012– War/Photography Museum of Fine Arts Houston


  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Graffiti in central Athens, Greece.

Trade unionists, leftists and anarchists protest against austerity measures in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Greek police search a suspected illegal immigrant in Athens, Greece.

Greek military members march at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

A mix of Greeks and immigrants wait outside the non-government organistan Medicins Du Monde (Doctors of the World) clinic for treatment in Athens, Greece.

Stavrula and Stavros, unemployed parents in Athens, Greece.

A metal working factory in Elfsina, Greece.

'GREEK ECONOMIC CRISIS' for THE NEW YORK TIMES: The office door of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, Greece.

Greek police search a suspected illegal immigrant in Athens, Greece.

A teenage boy sits near Pireaus Port, Athens, Greece.

Street scene in central Athens, Greece.

Greek women attend a hens night in Thessaloniki, Greece.


 DADAAB, EAST AFRICA DROUGHT: A refugee women from Somalia carries sticks and a baby in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 A warehouse at a United Nations World Food Program food distribution site in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 Somali refugees clash with Kenyan Police while they guard an African Muslim Agency food distribution site in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 The wrapped body of Abiya Adow, a 7-month old Somali refugee girl, is presided over with an Islamic prayer during the funeral in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 Refugees from Somalia walk through dust in a new area of Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 Refugees who have recently crossed the border from Somalia wait at the Department of Refugees Affairs Reception Centre in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 Labourers prepare to erect tents in a new area of Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

Refugees fleeing drought in Somalia wait inside the Department of Refugees Affairs Registration Centre in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 Refugees from Somalia are received by Lutheran World Federation workers at the Department of Refugees Affairs Reception Centre in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

 A view of Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya
Teenagers from Liverpool interact in a park at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal port in Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2016.

A view of London’s financial district from The Shard building in London, United Kingdom, 2016.

The twin daughters of Vote leave campaigners attend a Boris Johnson
rally with their parents in Preston, York, United Kingdom, 2016.

Farmer Andrew Cooper walks across his property in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, 2016.

Scottish construction workers have a lunch break on the steps of the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2016.

 'A Nation Contemplating Brexit' for The New York Times: Campaigners attend The Big In, a Britain Stronger in Europe event in Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom, 2016.

Polish workers Magdalena Mikla, a domestic help age 27 and her boyfriend Bartek Siegmielr, a construction site manager, sit in their bedroom in London, United Kingdom, 2016.

Children leave the Masjade Aqsa in Preston, York, United Kingdom, 2016.

People walk on the beach in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, England, United Kingdom, 2016.


Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2013. The mine was opposed by Raipur local Pale Ram Chauhan, who was murdered in his home after  speaking out against local powerbrokers controlling the sand trade. As construction and industry drive a demand for sand, illegal sand mining is stripping riverbeds and beaches of sand with severe environmental consequences. The unregulated sand mining industry employs thousands of workers who depend on the mining for their livelihood and is controlled by local powerbrokers. Photo by Adam Ferguson for WIRED

View of the northern outskirts of Kandahar City in Afghanistan on Thursday 6 September 2010.. A five-day operation aimed at pushing out Taliban presence, conducted by the US Army 504th Military Police Battalion and Afghan Security Forces, ended on 31 August.

US Army Sergeant Anderson sits at a temporary patrol base after a patrol in the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on September 11, 2009. Australian Adam Ferguson's images from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were some of the finest documentary images we saw this year. © Adam Ferguson

A photo of Iraqi Yazidi people who fled their homes in Sinjar, taken by Adam Ferguson. Photo: Adam Ferguson/New York Times


Photo by Adam Ferguson. A group young French Muslim tourists socialise a beach in Phuket, Thailand on Feb.

Korengal village elders arrive at the Korengal Out Post. The Bravo Company Commander and elders discussed compensation to locals for damage caused by U.S. bombs and the detention of a local man suspected of ties to the Taliban. © Adam Ferguson

Afghan men seen inside a bird market, during the lead up to Afghan presidential elections, in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 16, 2009. © Adam Ferguson

Afghan women receive food assistance at a World Food Program distribution centre in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, March 8, 2011. © Adam Ferguson

Afghan Security Forces secure the scene of a suicide car bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan on December 15, 2009. It was reported that eight people were killed and 40 were wounded. © Adam Ferguson

A view from a U.S. Army armoured vehicle as it drives through Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan on October 4, 2008. © Adam Ferguson

Smoke rises from a U.S. bomb dropped on a suspected insurgent position as a patrol of troops from the 1st Infantry Division comes under attack in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on April 15, 2009. A U.S. soldier was killed by an IED before the patrol came under insurgent fire. © Adam Ferguson

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