Peter Bussian is an award-winning humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and international development communications consultant. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Paris Match, The Independent, Vogue and other publications and he is the author and photographer of two books: “Passage to Afghanistan” (Skyhorse, 2016) and “Trans New York” (Apollo, 2020). He has made documentary films for international organizations on projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Nigeria and was an Academy Nicholl Fellowships semi-finalist for his screenplay "Scarlet Poppy". He was also a producer and lead actor in Golden Globe winning Director Siddiq Barmak's "Opium War" - which won multiple festival awards 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 faculty of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts Film School.
Peter has worked as a communications and media consultant on projects funded by the UN, USAID, DFID and several international NGOs in post-conflict and fragile countries for the past twenty years. He has extensive experience with communications strategies, public outreach campaigns, visual and digital content creation, media training, staff management, capacity building and donor relations. 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.