About Doug Kuntz

Doug Kuntz came to East Hampton as a young boy in 1963, and within a couple of years found himself working with the commercial fisherman in Amagansett. Just before graduating from high school, he took up photography and was accepted into the photography program at The Rhode Island School of Design solely on the merits of his portfolio, as he had no art background in high school. After leaving college he worked on a photography project that he had started in the late 70’s documenting the dwindling numbers of commercial fishermen in the area. In 1986 this work became the book Men’s Lives: The Surfmen and Baymen of South Fork,” for which he contributed photos and collaborated with author Peter Matthiessen on the text. The book was reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review Section under the headline- “This Is The Way A World Ends.”

He then went on to do thousands of freelance photography assignments for all of the New York daily newspapers. He also contributed his work to investigative reports on CBS, NBC, and ABC News. His aerial photographs of Hurricane Sandy remain the second most viewed gallery of photographs on Newsday’s web site that has been viewed over 2 million times.

In the fall of 2015, he made the first of 4 trips to Greece, Turkey, France, Germany, and Norway to document what would become the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. His emotional photography and writing became the catalyst for numerous grassroots efforts by organizations and individuals who have raised money for refugee relief, traveled to Lesvos to personally to lend a hand, and helped to network and inform more people, making a considerable impact on relief efforts.

In Feburary, the culmination of an incredible, uplifting story of determination and success, Doug flew from Greece to Berlin, and then on to Norway, to reunite a lost cat with its refugee family. The cat, lost on Lesvos after being carried in a basket from Iraq, was found and taken in by another American volunteer, Amy Shrodes then sent to Germany for “foster care,” and a massive effort to find its family, which had resettled in Norway, incredibly found success — a small bright spot in the massive refugee crisis that has galvanized worldwide attention.

When the cat was reunited with his Iraqi family in Norway, The Guardian produced this video that was seen by 19 million people worldwide. This story will come out as a children’s book in January titled – “Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey” published by Penguin Random House

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