After studying photojournalism in the University of Missouri, Columbia for 4 years, Ikuru Kuwajima has been living and photographing in several Eastern European and Central Asian countries – Romania, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia. He extensively covered and traveled around Central Asia in the past three years and continues to live and photograph in the post-Soviet countries. He’s fluent in Japanese, Russian and English.


2016 Photobook award and show Maribor – First Place, Kassel Dummy Award – Shortlisted, SELF PUBLISH RIGA – Shortlisted
2015 Critical Mass Top-50, Rock Your Dummy – Among 26 Shortlisted Authors, ViennaPhotobookAward – Third Place, folioPort Top-25, Voies Off Shortlisted
2012 Critical Mass Top 50, The Best of Photojournalism – Second Place in Non-Traditional Photojournalism Publishing
2010 Fujifilm Distinction Awards  – First Place
2009, 2010 Picture of the Year International – Honorable mentions in Portrait category
2008 Hearst Championship  –  Finalist
2007 College Photographer of the Year – Bronze in International Picture Story category

Newsweek Japan, Russian Reporter Magazine, National Geographic Japan/Romania/Blog, Forbes Magazine, Getty Images, McGarryBowen, Chevron, Save the Children, WHO, Sekai, Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, NYT Lens Blog, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Esquire Russia,TIME Magazine’s Lightbox,the Guardian.

Group Shows:  Noorderlicht Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age (2011), Reflexions Masterclass Group Exhibition (Arles, 2012), Festival for Young Photojournalism (Hannover, 2012), , Venice Biennale’s Central Asian Pavilion (2013), Mari. Research/ Chuvash. Research (Moscow, 2015/Kazan, 2016), Metageography, Special Project of Moscow Biennale (Moscow, 2015), Every Day of Winter (2015, Yekaterinburg, Russia), Fotografia Europea (Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2016), Obscura Festival (Penang, Malaysia, 2016), Exposition Fabien Boitard / Ikuru Kuwajima (Arles, 2016), OUVRAGE – an artist’ books exhibition (Milan, 2016), between the lines – an artist books exhibition (London, 2016).