Max BechererMEMBER SINCE 2015 Living abroad for eleven years as a photojournalist enabled Max Becherer to show a broader understanding of the people and lands that western powers found themselves in after the events of September 11, 2001. As a photojournalist on assignment for The New York Times in Afghanistan in 2007 Becherer used the expanded platform of The New York Times “At War” blog to give readers a deeper understanding of the many cultural and ethnic groups that make up the tapestry of the Afghan people. “Dynamite and Prayers: Emerald Miners of Afghanistan” started as a blog post but expanded to a book after continued interest in the striking images of emerald miners engaged in personal pursuits so universal and venerated to people the world over.
Sharing knowledge and empowering the communities he covers has also been a major focus for Becherer who has taught photography at the American University of Kabul and is an advisor for the South Asia Photojournalists Association.
Becherer spent six month of every year between 2005 and 2007 on assignment for The New York Times, as a resident photographer in the paper’s Baghdad and Kabul bureaus. His valued understanding of the region earned him assignments in the region for Time, Stern, Smithsonian, Newsweek and Men’s Health magazines. Becherer currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Polaris Images represented Photographer.