Pingyao International Photo Festival

“Every year the Pingyao International Photography Festival is different. Every year there are new exhibitions, new and different lectures, new and exciting visual projects to experience. And most importantly,” says Jim Dooley, Executive Administrator of the Alexia Foundation,  “Every year tens of thousands of people, those who are visually literate and those who are experiencing photography for the first time, come together in this ancient Chinese city to view and discuss all forms of photography.”

Photo©2013 Ed Kashi/VII

This year at the Pingyao Festival in September, the Alexia Foundation will have a strong presence in the exhibitions. There will be an Alexia Foundation exhibition featuring the work of 2014 Professional and Student Grant Winners, Sebastian Liste and Mehran Hamrahi. In addition, Ed Kashi (VII), Alexia Photojournalism Advisory Committee Member will have a solo exhibition at the festival. “Ed will be showing recent works from Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Syria. The works are unified by Ed’s belief that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world.”

Learn more about the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival here »

Appetite: The Culture of Food

Air Circulation of Brooklyn, NY has announced their upcoming exhibition, Appetite: The Culture of Food, a group show of photojournalistic work related to the culture and economics of the global food chain. This group exhibition curated by Melissa Burford, features works by 15 artists including Ed Kashi (VII). The collection of images spans all corners of the globe from India, China, California, Ivory Coast, Ukraine, Burma, Nicaragua, Gaza, and more.

The exhibition will be on view from September 4 – October 12, 2014. The artists’ reception will take place on September 4th from 7:00-9:00pm. Be sure to come out and support the show!

Matt Black: From Clouds to Dust

Anastasia Photo will be showing an exhibition of by American photographer Matt Black. As Black’s first solo exhibition in New York City, he will be showcasing his twin documentary projects The Kingdom of Dust and The People of Clouds. These bodies of work “explore the changing human relationship to food, farming and the environment. Through Black’s masterful eye and intimate relationship with his subjects, his photographs reveal the poetry of everyday moments as he chronicles communities in flux responding to broader global forces.”

From Clouds to Dust will be on view from September 12 – October 19, 2014 at Anastasia Photo Gallery. The artist reception will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Be sure to come out to support Matt Black and his incredible work!

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Ed Kashi (VII) was nominated for the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS by Laurence Butet-Roch. Ed got iced, and also donated to this important cause.

The Ice Bucket  Challenge has raised over $22.9 Million since July 29th. Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association is quoted, “…We need to be strategic in our decision making as to how the funds will be spent so that when people look back on this event in ten and twenty years, the Ice Bucket Challenge will be seen as a real game-changer for ALS.”

You can make a difference by making a donation, participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and promoting awareness education about ALS!

What is ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

GeekFest 2014

GeekFest is a 3-day event hosted by the A Photo A Day (APAD) community, that brings photographers and visual journalists together for photography talk, guest speakers, and inspiration! This year, GeekFest is taking place in Philadelphia on the weekend of Sept. 12-14, 2014 at Temple University. Ed Kashi (VII) will be among the lineup of speakers for Saturday afternoon. 

Come out to join the conversation and get inspired! For more info on the GeekFest schedule of events and how to register, visit the APAD blog and follow APAD on Twitter.