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This will not be news to those of you who follow international photography competitions, but I’m so excited to announce that Amber Bracken has won first place in the issue reporting category at the 2016 POYI as well as first prize in the contemporary issues category in the 2016...



February 14, 2017

Part II: The Perfect Play – Process in Photojournalism

I’ve been a fan of baseball since I was a kid and my son now plays in college, so the game is firmly engrained in my head and heart. It is the ultimate strategic game. The players must be able to jump into action at a moment’s notice, which...

February 07, 2017

Part I: An Unreasonable Profession

Soon after I moved to the East Coast from San Francisco in 2005, I scheduled a meeting with a well-known curator. I was eager to expand the scope of my work into the gallery world, so I showed up to the meeting with a portfolio of prints. By this...

December 13, 2016

Forging Relationships: The Challenges of Long Term Projects

In 1995 I published this piece in Salon about photographing messianic Jewish settlers in the West Bank. At the time, Salon was a pioneer in the world of online journalism. It was one of the first digital media outlets that focused solely on online distribution, so I felt as though I was entering new and unchartered territory for journalism and visual reporting. I had returned many...

November 23, 2016

Two Weeks On: An Open Call to Visual Storytellers Post US Election

A quick note: a version of this post was published on TIME’s Lightbox. If you would like to see that version, click here. The photographs in this story were supplied by VII, for which I am grateful. This post is my response to the result of the US election...

October 11, 2016

In the Hot Zone: CKDnT in Sri Lanka

PhotoReporters Festival 2016 St. Brieuc, France 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...

September 20, 2016

The Invisible Threat: Zika in Puerto Rico

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 Principle Pictures, on a project for GroundTruth Films. We interviewed more than a dozen doctors...

August 16, 2016

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...

July 26, 2016

Anderson Ranch Advanced 3 Year Mentor Program

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,...

July 07, 2016

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...

June 17, 2016

Barcelona Daze with VII

I arrived in Barcelona a week ago filled with cautious anticipation for VII Photo’s 15th annual general meeting. These meetings are often fraught with difficult decisions. But they can also contain inspiring moments of joy and camaraderie which reconfirm my conviction for the VII collective as well as affection for...

May 31, 2016

Delta Blues Again: Trust Nobody

I return to the Niger Delta under a foreboding sky filled with rain clouds that shroud a burning hot sun. It has been seven years since I was last here. I have returned to work on a film about the village of Bodo, which experienced two major oil spills...

May 05, 2016

The Photo Festival Circuit

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Amman, Jordan to attend an exhibition of my work on Syrian refugees at the 5th Edition of the Image Festival. I had the immense pleasure of working with the dynamic and unstoppable Linda Al Khoury. She is the organizer of this...

April 28, 2016

Imperfectly Invisible

For those contemplating the life of a photojournalist, beware the personal challenges and questions that await you. I have spent a lifetime trying to become invisible. As a documentarian my goal is to disappear, to observe without disturbing the world I’m trying to capture. It is obviously impossible to actually achieve this,...

April 14, 2016

Nicaragua Unbound

My first time visiting Managua, Nicaragua in 1983 was only my second trip to a country in the developing world. I traveled with a group of American doctors from San Francisco who were going down to provide medical support to the newly victorious Sandinista government, which had overthrown the...

April 04, 2016

Life Framer Interview

Curious about what projects Ed has been working on and how he prepares for them? You can head to this link to check out an interview Ed did with one of the writers at Life Framer about working in Central America and India. Life Framer does a series of monthly...

March 31, 2016

VII Flash Sale!

In celebration of the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday, VII has announced their 3rd flash print sale! This unique opportunity to purchase signed prints by VII photographers on the theme of motherhood and mothering. For one week only, beautiful prints by For one week only, prints by Antonin Kratochvil, Danny Wilcox...

March 16, 2016

PDN Storytellers

The winners of the PDN Storytellers contest have been announced. This new photo contest “provides a platform for narrative photography, from documentarians bringing important context to contemporary history, to photographers finding interesting stories to tell in their own backyard.”   Among the winners two Talking Eyes Media (TEM) films...

March 15, 2016

National Geographic Smartphone Photo Workshops

In 2016, Ed Kashi will be teaching two National Geographic Photo Expedition Workshops on the subject of Smartphone Photography in New York City. The course dates will be June 4th & 5th, and October 29th & 30th. Registration is now open for both sections of this two-day expedition! This...

March 08, 2016

Newest Americans Awards & Screenings

Two award-winning Newest Americans short documentaries, Notes For My Homeland  and We Came And Stayed, continue to garner praise and attention from new audiences! As noted in the latest Newest Americans newsletter, “Notes has been selected for the Black Maria Film Festival’s Jury’s Select 1st Prize, and We Came...

March 07, 2016

Photo Aesthetics Interview & Palo Alto Workshop

You can click here (or visit the link below) to read a piece about an interview Ed did with Mark Dubovoy of Photo Aesthetics. Photo Aesthetics is a website that focuses on exploring creative and technical aspects of photography. They produce and curate excellent photographic content and provide interesting insights. This...

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