Author Archives: Ed Kashi

Job Opening: Studio Manager

Straddling crossroads of trade for 4,500 years, the ancient city of Aleppo, with its hilltop Citadel, avoided demolition plans and was named a World Heritage spot by UNESCO in 1986. The refurbished Citadel is one of Aleppo's main attractions for both foreign and local tourists.

Straddling crossroads of trade for 4,500 years, the ancient city of Aleppo, with its hilltop Citadel, avoided demolition plans and was named a World Heritage spot by UNESCO in 1986. The refurbished Citadel is one of Aleppo’s main attractions for both foreign and local tourists.

Opening for a creative and motivated studio manager for photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi, based in Montclair, New Jersey. Start date will be January 2017. This is a 4 day a week, 32 hour/week position. Looking for commitment of at least two years.

This person will be responsible for not only overseeing and maintaining Ed’s photographic archives, but basically running his operation. The studio manager will work extensively with photographs, preparing stories and smaller edits of single images, sending out photo submissions to publications, and working closely with the photographer’s agency, VII Photo. The studio manager will be responsible for maintaining an active and engaging web and social media presence for Ed and Talking Eyes Media, a non profit company that his wife, the filmmaker Julie Winokur runs. Both operations are in their home in Montclair, NJ.

 

Studio Manager Job Duties:

  • Manage and maintain Ed’s digital archive, as well as oversee the

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In the Hot Zone: CKDnT in Sri Lanka

PhotoReporters Festival 2016

St. Brieuc, France

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The 2016 PhotoReporters crew.

I just returned from Brittany, France where the 5th edition of the PhotoReporter Festival opened on October 1st. It was a treat to spend time with the other photographers who also grants from PhotoReporter and were exhibited in St. Brieuc, which is a picturesque seaside town along the coast of Brittany. I must thank the organizers of this grant and festival for their commitment to photo reportage. This kind of support for documentary photography and photojournalism plays an essential role for photographers who are established as well as for those early in their career.he financial support and affirmation to carry on with our personal projects is greatly appreciated. I was one of 9 photographers who received this opportunity. In my case it facilitated further exploration of my ongoing personal project which looks at the global CKDu epidemic, or Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Causes. CKDu is a public health crisis as well as a devastating disease that affects individuals and their communities. It is spreading amongst poor rural workers in the hot zones of the globe. You can read more below, but this grant allowed me to extend this

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The Invisible Threat: Zika in Puerto Rico

A man walks past a huge Zika-prevention billboard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Video screen grab ©Ed Kashi/VII.

I just returned from an intense whirlwind trip to Puerto Rico, where I worked on a short documentary film about the Zika virus. I was working with an amazing director, Beth Murphy, who runs Principal Pictures, on a project for GroundTruth Films.

We interviewed more than a dozen doctors and experts, including the head of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Puerto Rico, to learn more about this impending public health epidemic. There has been a relative explosion of Zika-related stories in the news media of late, yet very few people are feeling sick in Puerto Rico and thus far, thankfully, few babies have been born with microcephaly – the devastating condition in which a baby’s head is much smaller than normal because of abnormal brain development. Despite this: the situation in Puerto Rico is in danger of spiraling out of control. As of now Zika is an ‘invisible disease’ that could be incubating in the thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico who have tested positive for the virus as well as many other pregnant women who …

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Gold Mining in Ghana

Just two weeks ago I had the tremendous privilege of witnessing what can happen when a small, poor, and, in the eyes of the modern world, underdeveloped community confronts a large, multinational mining company. The small, remote and rural community of Tanchara, Ghana rejected an Australian gold mining operation and kicked that company off their lands. I learned about this and more while working on an eye-opening film project in Ghana, a small West African country, with the New Media Advocacy Project. This story takes place in Tanchara, which is near the border with Burkina Faso in the Upper Western region of Ghana. It is the story of a remote community that successfully repelled a huge, multinational gold mining company from exploiting their land and resources. Tanchara’s story is inspirational because it is a model for communities around the world to stand up to extractive companies who wish to profit from the exploitation and potential destruction of their land and ways of life.

Scenes in the village of Tanchara, Ghana between July 25-31, 2016.

Photo ©Ed Kashi/VII

Tanchara was guided through this process by a local NGO, CIKOD (Centre For Indigenous Knowledge & Organizational Development), which has created tools to help communities in Africa and around the world to mobilize …

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Anderson Ranch Advanced 3 Year Mentor Program

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The 2016 Anderson Ranch Advanced Workshop group at Anderson Ranch in Colorado.

I just completed a magical week at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center with Jim Estrin of The New York Times. We are co-teaching a three year Advanced Mentor Program with ‘the ranch.’ Jim and I will be mentoring 15 participants who range in ages and experience levels with photography, but who all share a passion for their projects and a keen desire to grow. They have become part of what has emerged as one of the most unique opportunities in the photo documentary world. The idea for this workshop was borne last year while Jim and I were co-teaching a one week workshop in Snowmass, Colorado, where Anderson Ranch is located. The opportunity to mentor photographers over an extended period of time was something that appealed to both of us.With the wisdom and support of Andrea Wallace, who is the director of the photography program at Anderson Ranch, our idea became a reality this past week.

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Jim Estrin, Andrea Wallace and Ed Kashi at Anderson Ranch.

There were more than 100 applicants to this program, but in the end we had to choose 15 candidates all of …

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Human Rights Visual Storytelling

My political consciousness began to develop before I even knew what politics were. Growing up in New York in the 60s and 70s imbued me with a sense of social and political justice. It was in the air, the music and the culture of that time. Once I decided that storytelling was my future, it was only a matter of time before I discovered that photography could be fused with the great traditions of social justice and the raising of political awareness. I became aware of the power that images and stories can have, and I quickly found examples of this: either the early work of Jacob Riis or the more contemporary work of Eugene Smith, particularly his ‘Minamata’ project, Philip Jones Griffiths’ work on Vietnam Inc or Eugene Richards’ Cocaine True Cocaine Blue.

Despite having found what I wanted to do in the work of others, it took many years for me to understand how to harness this ability and power within my own work. From my early photographs of the Kurdish struggle for independence to more recent work on the enduring impact of Agent Orange, my commitment to journalism that can make a difference has become

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