freelance photographer, New York
Project: Creating a South Asia reporting web site that incorporates social networking technology, to promote information sharing among journalists, policy makers, military personnel, aid workers, academic experts, and others.
Kuwayama was born and raised in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. His first published photographs were in Maximum Rock’n’Roll, an international punk rock fanzine based in the Bay Area. In 1998, he began working as a contributing photographer to Life magazine, and then for other magazines including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic and Outside. Since 2001, his work has focused on conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir. He is the co-founder of the website Lightstalkers.org, an online network of photographers, filmmakers, journalists, and members of the military and NGO communities. In 2007 he launched the Battlespace project, a traveling group exhibition of photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His work has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s “The Best and Brightest” of 2004 and earned numerous awards, including, a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor award in 2009, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship in 2006, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in 2002 and the Alexis Award for World Peace in 1999.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.