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Pete Muller is an award-winning photojournalist and multimedia reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work explores issues of conflict, masculinity and nationalism in post-colonial states. He strives to create images and material that demand emotional and intellectual consideration to the lives and experiences of those depicted.
Muller covers East and Central Africa for a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Monocle Magazine and others. He has also partnered on humanitarian advocacy campaigns with Amnesty International, UNICEF, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and others. In addition to such projects, Muller is currently developing a body of work that examines the relationship between masculinity and violence in eastern Congo, Namibia and South Africa. This work has been made possible through a grant from the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa. Between 2009-2012, he was based in South Sudan where he documented the country’s precarious transition to independence.
Muller has contributed photography and reporting to outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Geographic, Public Radio International, Paris Match and others.
In 2011, Muller was named Wire Photographer of the Year by TIME Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the John Faber Award for Best Photographic News Reporting from the Overseas Press Club of America. In 2013 his work on gun culture in the United States was awarded 3rd place in the Sony World Photography Awards and he received Honorable Mention for his coverage of the border war between Sudan and South Sudan. In 2013, the Diplomatic Courier Magazine named him of the 99 Most Influential Young People in Foreign Policy. His work on mass rape and mobile tribunals was also featured in the 19th Annual Open Society Foundation Moving Walls Documentary Photography Project.
2014 Chris Hondros Award Nominee
2013 OpenPhoto Contest, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, 1st Place for “In the Shadows of Change: South Sudan at Independence.”
2013 Sony World Photography Award, 3rd Place, People, “Machine Gun Americana.”
2013 Sony World Photography Award, Shortlisted, Contemporary Issues, “Border Wars: Sudan and South Sudan.”
2013: World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee
2013 “The 99 Under 33 Most Influential People in Foreign Policy,” The Diplomatic Courier Magazine.
2012 Overseas Press Club of America: John Faber Award for Best Photographic Reporting for a News Wire or Newspaper
2012 Chinese International Press Photography Contest 2011: Honorable Mention in War and Disaster Stories
2011 TIME Magazine Wire Photographer of the Year 2011
2011 Open Society Foundation Moving Walls 19 Documentary Photography Exhibit
“Beauty in the Middle,” June 2014, Images of War, Sexual Violence and Survivors in eastern DR Congo, at the Global Summit to End Rape in Conflict, Co-Hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Actress Angelina Jolie.
The Gun Show, Fovea Gallery, Beacon, New York, June 2013
DC FotoWeek “Until the Grass is Gone: Images of Transition in Northern Uganda” with Peter van Agtmael (2009)
Open Society Foundation Moving Walls 19 Documentary Photography Exhibit (2011)
The Legacy of Rape, Geneva/Washington DC/Democratic Republic of Congo (2013)
Photography in Foreign Policy and International Human Rights, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst, MA, 2012.
Oso Bay Biennial, University of Texas, with Prime Collective, 2014.