About: About Max Becherer

Max Becherer depicts the emotional stories unfolding in the Middle East and Central Asia as a Polaris Images-represented photojournalist.  

Max produces still images, video and written content for such clients as The New York Times, Stern, Time, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and Smithsonian Magazine. Max honed his photography skills as a photojournalist at newspapers all over America including Boston, Minneapolis and Tucson where he earned awards for his images depicting illegal immigrants being taken advantage of by labor cartels.  

Alarmed by what he saw in Iraq as a newspaper photographer Max left his staff job and relocated to Baghdad where he proceeded to spend six months of each year as part of The New York Times Baghdad bureau from 2005 to 2008. He photographed more than a dozen front-page images and wrote the newspaper’s inaugural “At War” blog post.  

A selection of Max’s Iraq war images titled “Iraq through the lens” has been exhibited in Red Wing, Minnesota’s Red Wing Digital gallery and as part of “Tops: 2008 World Photojournalism Festival in Shenyand, China as part of the 2008 Olympic cultural events.  

Max is a consistent supporter of photojournalistic standards and education for local journalists. As a student at San Jose State University Max was a the student representative for the National Press Photographers Association, and continues as a professional advisor to The Spartan Daily, San Jose State’s student newspaper. While in Afghanistan Max was a guest instructor of photography at the American University of Kabul. As a current resident of Pakistan Max accepted a position as International Advisor to the Board for the South Asia Photojournalists Association (SAPA).  

When he is not behind a camera Max is wrenching under his 1966 VW bug or entertaining friends as an Elvis impersonator.