Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty is an Australian photojournalist based in Afghanistan.[1][2]


After graduating from a TAFE photography course in 2004, Quilty undertook an informal internship at Fairfax Media which led to full-time employment.[3] Quilty left Fairfax in 2010 and became a freelance photographer in Sydney, before he relocated to New York.[3]

In 2013, Quilty visited Afghanistan where he says he discovered his "bonafide purpose and fulfilment" in his work, deciding to be permanently based in Kabul.[3][4]

Throughout his career, Quilty's photography has been recognised with a number of awards.[3][5]

Most notably, Quilty was awarded the Gold Walkley in 2016.[6] The award was presented to Quilty in recognition for "The Man on the Operating Table", a photograph of hospital patient Baynazar Mohammed Nazar lying dead on an operating table in the Kunduz Trauma Centre, run by Médecins Sans Frontières, after the 2015 American airstrike which killed 42 people and injured over 30 others.[7]

His first book, August in Kabul: America's last days in Afghanistan, was published in 2022.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Quilty is the cousin of painter Ben Quilty.[9]


  1. ^ Reynolds, Emma (16 April 2015) Australian photographer captures faces of Afghanistan's starving children,, News Corp Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ Adams, Phillip (21 March 2019) Andrew Quilty on life in Afghanistan, Late Night Live, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d About Andrew Quilty, Andrew Quilty website. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ Dwyer, Genevieve (12 August 2016) What makes a photographer pack up his life and relocate to Afghanistan, SBS Life, Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ Harris, Julia (20 June 2008) Outback photo on world stage, ABC North West Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. ^ (2 December 2016) Walkley Awards: Andrew Quilty wins gold for photo of Kundaz hospital bombing aftermath, ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ Zwartz, Henry (5 December 2016) Photojournalist Andrew Quilty on story behind his Walkley Award winning image, The Sydney Morning Herald, Nine Entertainment Co. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  8. ^ Quilty, Andrew (2022). August in Kabul : America's last days in Afghanistan. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 978-0-52287-876-9. OCLC 1302578303.
  9. ^ Turner, Brook (22 February 2019). "Ben Quilty on the burden of being Australia's artist from central casting". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2022.

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