Mcleodganj.Dharamsala.Kangra Valley
"Close to Heaven"


Tribe Against Empire by Photographer -Teru Kuwayama

Teru Kuwayama, is a photographer based in New York. His work includes coverage of conflict and humanitarian crisis across Asia and the Middle East. His photographs have appeared in magazines including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Outside, Fortune, Vibe, Doubletake, and Reportage, and screened at photography festivals around the world, including Visa D’Or, Les Rencontre d’Arles, Photo Folies, Dokufoto, Angkor Photo Festival, and the Festival of the Photograph. 

His work on the Tibetan refugee diaspora received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and was exhibited at the Open Society Institute and at United Nations headquarters in New York.  

In 2006, his reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan received a Nikon Storyteller Award and a Days Japan International Photojournalism Award. He also received fellowships from the W. Eugene Smith Fund (2006-2007) and from the Alicia Patterson Foundation (2006-2007) to pursue his work in those countries.  

Kuwayama first traveled to Afghanistan in 2002, soon after the fall of the Taliban regime. He visited Kashmir that same year, for a story on “The Coldest War” fought between India and Pakistan along 21,000 foot mountain peaks along the Siachen Glacier. He has returned to the region almost every year since then to record the ongoing political and social upheaval.  

In addition to his work as a photographer, he is the founder and director of November Eleven, a US based non-profit organization supporting independent media and humanitarian assistance projects around the world. 

www.terukuwayama.com E-mail: teru@kuwayama.com

Photographs on exhibit at Moonpeak Espresso cafe,Temple Road. [ Prints will be available for Sale].



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