Peter Bussian has been working as a photographer, filmmaker and international development media consultant for more than 30 years - focused primarily on indigenous cultures, environmental issues, countries in conflict and marginalized communities. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, The Independent (UK), El Palacio (Museum of New Mexico), New Mexico Magazine and many others. He is the author and photographer of two books: “Passage to Afghanistan” (Skyhorse, 2016) and “Trans New York” (Apollo, 2020) and has exhibited his work at Gallery 169 and Sharq galleries in Los Angeles, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the New Mexico State Capitol. He has won awards from the International Photography Awards and Interaction.
Peter has made documentary films in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Nigeria and throughout the American West, his homeland. His screenplay "Scarlet Poppy" was an Academy Nicholl Fellowships semi-finalist and he was a producer and lead actor on Golden Globe winning Afghan Director Siddiq Barmak's "Opium War", which won the Golden Marc'Aurelio Award at the Rome International Film Festival and was Afghanistan's submission to the Academy Awards. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University (SIPA), New York University, The New School for Social Research and Frostburg State University and is on founding faculty of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts Film School.
As a media advisor to the UN, USAID, DFID and international NGOs in post-conflict and fragile countries, Peter develops film and photography projects, communications strategies, public outreach campaigns and social media. Peter graduated with a BA in philosophy and history from the University of Colorado and studied filmmaking in the Columbia MFA program and at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Peter is the Founder and Administrator of the Afghanistan Support Group, a prominent group of media and development professionals who have worked in Afghanistan for many years and collaborate with Afghans to provide them with life saving services.