Teju Cole is a critic, novelist, photographer, and the author of four books: Every Day is for the Thief (novella), Open City (novel), Known and Strange Things (essays) and Blind Spot (photography and text).
He has been awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award.
He has been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Aperture/ Paris Photo Photobook Award, the PEN/Jean Stein Award and many others, and has presented several solo exhibitions in the US, Italy, India and Iceland.
He is the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine, where his column was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. His solo multimedia performance piece, 'Black Paper,' was featured at the 2017 Performa Biennial.