Pete Muller


Pete Muller (b. 1982) is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work often explores issues of nationalism, conflict and postcolonial states. Through a combination of photography, text and video recordings, he strives to create images and material that demand emotional and intellectual consideration to the lives and experiences of those depicted.

From 2009 through 2012, he was based in South Sudan, working on a long-term project that examines South Sudan’s complex transition to independence. This work explores how the new country is grappling with the challenges of nation-state formation and national identity in the 21st century. In addition, Muller has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Afghanistan, the Palestinian Territories, Somalia, and South Africa.

He has contributed photography and reporting to outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek Magazine, Time and others. He has partnered on advocacy campaigns with UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the Danish Demining Group, Amnesty International and other organizations.

In 2011, he was named Wire Photographer of the Year by Time. In 2012, he was awarded the John Faber Award for best photographic reporting for a newspaper or newswire by the Overseas Press Club of America and received honorable mention in the Chinese International Press Photo Contest. In 2013, his work on gun culture in the United States was awarded third place in the Sony World Photography Awards and, in the same contest, received honorable mention for his coverage of the border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. His work on mass rape and mobile tribunals was also featured in the 19th annual Open Society Foundation Moving Walls Documentary Photography Project. He is a member of the Prime Collective.

Pete Muller