Iwan Bagus was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. He began his career on the other side of the camera, working as a model in South East Asia for over 10 years. While modeling, he received a B.A. in Economics in Jakarta, and soon after he moved to Washington, DC to pursue his education further. He earned his M.S. in Engineering from George Washington University and M.A in Film Production from American University.
Iwan’s work has been shown at the National Geographic Society, The Corcoran-WPA, The Carnegie Institute-DC, The Center for Fine Art Photography-Colorado, The Museum of America Organization States, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Times Square-NYC, H-Gallery Bangkok, among others. His photography exhibitions have been reviewed by the Washington Post, NPR-WAMU, Washington City Paper, and others. Iwan has worked in New York, Los Angeles, DC, and Indonesia for exclusive commercial clients and magazines. He has also taken photos for non-profit organizations in DC and New York. Iwan uses his extensive experience in front of the lens to help direct models, actors, and portrait subjects. He has also served as a juror in photography competitions.
Currently, Iwan is the Head of Photography concentration at the University of the District of Columbia, and a Professorial Lecturer at American University.