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Teru Kuwayama

Crisis photographer

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Professional Role

Current Titles:

photographer, information operator

Current Organizations:

TED, Dart Center, Knight Foundation, November Eleven


Uploaded Photos

Flickr Photostream


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Basetrack is an experimental social media project, tracking the deployment of 1/8 – 1st Battalion, Eighth Marines, throughout the duration of their deployment to southern Afghanistan in 2010-2011. A small team of photographers embedded with the battalion, using iPhones and a Facebook page to connect over a thousand Marines and Corpsmen to their families, and to connect a broader public to the longest war in US history. Basetrack was supported by a 2010 News Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Teru Kuwayama is a photographer from New York. His work over the past decade has focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir. In 2004, while working in Iraq, he designed Lightstalkers, a global, online community of photographers and unconventional travelers. In 2007 he launched the Battlespace project, a traveling exhibition of photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a 2009–2010 Knight Fellow at Stanford University, a 2010 TED Global Fellow and a 2010 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. He received a 2010 Knight News Challenge Award to launch Basetrack, an online social media project that chronicled the deployment of a US Marine battalion in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.  He is a 2012-2014 TED Senior Fellow.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
improvised stir-fry. backpack contains knives, chili pastes, smoked tofu.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2010
2012 TED Senior Fellow
Living in
New York, United States
Working in
Kabul, Afghanistan
Born in
New York, United States


www.lightstalkers.org www.basetrack.org www.terukuwayama.com www.about.me/terukuwayama www.battlespaceonline.org/