Peter Bussian has had a multi-faceted career at the nexus of visual media and international development as an a award-winning humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and consultant for more than 30 years. 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 also worked as a communications and media consultant for the past 20 years on projects funded by the UN, USAID, DFID and several international NGOs in post-conflict and fragile countries. 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. Peter is the Founder and Administrator of the Afghanistan Support Group, a highly influential relief and development organization working to help Afghans in Afghanistan and abroad.