Kemal Jufri is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He started his career in photography as a contract photographer for the Agence France Presse (AFP) Jakarta bureau in 1996. At the end of 1998, he left AFP to work as a contributing photographer for Asiaweek, until the magazine closed down in 2001. Since then, as a freelance photographer, Jufri has worked regularly on assignment, covering stories across Asia for major publications around the world including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Stern, Der Spiegel, Business Week International and many more. He has also participated in numerous photo exhibitions in Indonesia and internationally. Among his numerous honors are two POYi awards, Picture of the Year accolades from Newsweek (1998), from US News & World Report (2000) and from Time (2005), acknowledgment by Tempo magazine as Indonesian Artist of the Millennium, a Silver Award for news photography from IFRA and a first prize from the China International Press Photo Contest.