Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

LOCKDOWN: The Republican National Convention transformed downtown Cleveland into a maze of steel and concrete barriers constructed to protect Quicken Loans Arena from assault or protest.  Law enforcement on bikes, horseback and in rapid response squads occupied much of the city.  Side streets appeared empty and many restaurants and bars were quiet.  In places, downtown Cleveland felt void of life, the lockdown scaring all but the most faithful away.

Inside the convention the Jumbotron projected a vision of strength and unapologetic aggression.  Speech after speech worked to reinforce the need for order and security.  With domestic attacks in Dallas, Orlando and San Bernardino on many people?s minds, the message seemed universally accepted. The alliance between a billionaire businessman and Republicans was locked in, even if the party establishment was cold to the relationship.  The celebration continued and the empty streets waited outside?

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...

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

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...

Photographer: David Carlier, www.davidcarlierphotography.com

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...

Scenes from the Niger Delta town of Sanghana, including portraits of Chief Reuben Javan.

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...


Scenes in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees just outside of Dohik, Iraq on November, 23, 2013.

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...

Brian Crothers, a teenager from Belfast's working class Protestant neighborhood of Tiger's Bay, keeps his night-time protection safely within reach in Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 11, 1989. He lives within two hundred yards of a Catholic estate that staunchly backs the IRA.

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,...

Scenes of daily life in Nicaragua during the war with the Contras, four years after the 1979 Sandinista revolution.

Boy soldiers play chess with bullets at a military outpost in Matagalpa province.

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...

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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...

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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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February 25, 2016

Newest Americans films in 2016 Garden State Film Festival

Two Talking Eyes Media films, We Came & Stayed and Notes For My Homeland, have been selected for the 2016 Garden State Film Festival. The Festival will take place in Atlantic City, NJ from March 31st to April 3rd, 2016 and will feature a wide array of independent films from many different...

Maroko Evictions

February 15, 2016

Maroko Evictions Trial

“In old Maroko everybody live according to their standard. You see most problems that are confronting people here today education, no schools, no good roads, no better housing, no where children can go to have their play or have their meal there.” In July 1990, more than 300,000 people...


January 27, 2016

Storytelling with Mobile Photography on CreativeLive

Ed Kashi (VII) will be teaching an online CreativeLive course, “Storytelling with Mobile Photography” on March 1, 2016 from 12:00PM – 5:00PM. “Momentary, stunning lighting on a landscape. A toddler’s first stuttering attempts at standing. An interaction between strangers on the street strikes you as unexpectedly poignant. There is...

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January 22, 2016

Newest Americans Issue #2

The second issue of Newest Americans has dropped! “Issue 2 of Newest Americans looks at the University Heights neighborhood of Newark in the 1960s and today, as development money flows into the city on a scale not seen in half a century. Why is University Heights so central to...

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