Australian Travis Beard has worked globally as a photojournalist for twelve years. Visiting Afghanistan for the first time in 2001, working in refugee camps in Nimroz, he returned in 2006 to work as Chief Editor of Aina Photojournalism Agency.
In 2008, he moved into video-journalism. Ultimately, he founded Argus Productions, which provides numerous media services in Afghanistan and the region.
With David Gill and Humayun Zadran, he created Combat Communications, an umbrella group for Afghan artists. In 2009, they organized the Wallords graffiti workshop in Kabul, the first of its kind in the country.
He’s an advisor for the Afghan women-focused organisation M2M (Mountain to Mountain). He was a co-founder of Skateistan, and is co-founder of the Kabul Knights Motorcycle Club. He organised the country’s first alternative arts festival; Sound Central hosted in 2011/12/13.
He is guitarist for the first ex-pat rock band in Kabul: White City, who in 2014 were invited to SXSW festival in Austin Texas and they toured the US to promote their début album; Landlocked.
His last project in Afghanistan was the 2014 Presidential Election Anthem Contest, a song contest for Afghan youth with the theme of participation.
His feature length documentary about the music scene in Afghanistan called ROCKABUL won a Global Metal Award from Metal Hammer Magazine
Travis is now based in Beirut, Lebanon