Teru Kuwayama October 21, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Kashmir.
Earthquake Victims, Kashmir 2005
Teru Kuwayama’s (b. 1974, Japan) photographs have appeared in magazines including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Outside, Fortune, and Vibe. 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 have been exhibited at the Open Society Institute and at the United Nations. In 2004, Esquire magazine profiled him as among the “Best and Brightest” of his generation for his reportage on the occupation of Iraq. In 2005, PDN cited his work in Kashmir in a selection of the most iconic images in contemporary photography. In 2006 he received a Nikon Storyteller Award, a Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, and a W. Eugene Smith fellowship for his work on Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. He is the founder Lightstalker’s and is currently a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
About the Photograph:
“On October 8th, 2005, a massive earthquake struck south-central Asia, with its epicenter in Pakistan administered Kashmir, and the Northwest Frontier Province. 80,000 people were killed in a single morning, with 3.5 million survivors displaced. In the wake of the earthquake, there was a fear that an even greater number of people would die of communicable diseases like cholera. The photograph was made at dusk in an IDP camp in Muzzafarabad, Azad Kashmir, as the women and children of were gathered for inoculations.”