Healthcare in the US: Money, Morality & Mandates

In conjunction with the Westheimer Peace Symposium, “Healthcare in the US: Money, Morality & Mandates,” Ed Kashi (VII) and Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media, will be involved in a series of events at Wilmington College October 13 & 14, 2014.  Ed will be exhibiting a selection of images from Aging in America in the Harcum Art Gallery and the opening reception will take place on October 13th at 6PM.

Photo©Ed Kashi/VII

On Tuesday, October 14, Ed will be speaking about his and Julie Winokur’s collaborative film Denied: The Health Care Crisis in America at 10:15AM. “Drawing on his work for the documentary film of the same title, Kashi will explore the reality behind America’s dysfunctional healthcare system and what it means when access to care is denied.  Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times.”

Photo©Ed Kashi/VII

As part of a series of roundtable discussions, Julie Winokur will be showing the film Aging in America: The Years Ahead, and hosting a Q&A after the film. Aging in America is “a journey across the topography of aging in search of what it means to have a “good old age.” The film is the result of seven years of fieldwork by Julie Winokur, a writer and documentary film producer,” and photojournalist, Ed Kashi.

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ICP & Climate Change

What does the environmental movement need from the photographic community?

As part of the International Center of Photography’s Fall 2014 Programming series, ICP Talks: Climate Change, Ron Haviv (VII) took part in the first panel Photography and the Environment 1: The Concerned Photographer yesterday. Haviv is also kicking off the ICP Instagram campaign on climate change by posting images from his project “Amazon Gold” about illegal gold mining in Peru this week on the ICP feed. Click here to follow:

Photos©Ed Kashi/VII

Ed Kashi (VII) will be included on the second panel discussion and presentation Photography & the Environment 2: Visualizing Climate Change, on December 1st from 7:00-9:00pm. “Climate change is a complex phenomenon and climate science can be intimidating to the layperson. What kinds of photographs advance the arguments of climate change activists and scientists? How do photographers illustrate the root causes of climate change as well as its impact on the environment? Panelists include photographers Balazs Gardi, Ed Kashi, and Camille Seaman; and Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist and co-author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science.”

Photos©Ed Kashi/VII

Join the conversation at one of the programs for “ICP Talks: Climate Change” this semester. Get involved by following as different photographers take over the @ICP Instagram feed each week, highlighting the effects of climate change on our world.

Ed Kashi & VII at Pingyao


Photo©2014 Sim Chi Yin/VII

Ed Kashi (VII), was the winner of one of the top international photographers awards at the 14th annual Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) where he exhibited a show curated from three recent bodies of work.

Photo©2014 Zhang Lijie

On September 20, VII photographer Sim Chi Yin hosted a “Meet VII” talk at the festival, which included a Q&A, a presentation of VII’s work and a video interview with Ed Kashi. On September 21, Chi Yin and Jim Dooley of Alexia Foundation gave a floor talk on Ed’s major solo exhibition at the festival.

Photo©2014 Zhang Lijie

PIP is China’s oldest and largest photo festival. “In its early years Pingyao focused on introducing its audience to the “masters” of photography showing works by the likes of Marc Riboud, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, Rene Burri, Sebastiao Salgado, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Martine Franck and Eugene Richards.”

Photo©2014 Sim Chi Yin

In L’Oeil de la Photographie Pingyao’s Festival Director, Zhang Guotian is quoted, “Now that this elder master generation has become well-known in China, we are including the ‘new masters,’ and they are bringing in fresh blood to this community with their unique languages, techniques, and interpretations.” Among these named “new masters” is photojournalist Ed Kashi.


“Barricade: The EuroMaidan Revolt is a book about the anonymous street fighters, their homemade uniforms, molotovs, trophies, and tire barricades — the smoking language of the Revolt’s siege apparatus, as photographed by Donald Weber and Arthur Bondar of VII Photo Agency. The two worked independently to bring a dual perspective to the orchestrated chaos of a deadly street theatre.

Ukraine’s absolute polarities of past and future, its utter blackness and transcendent light, are the deeper themes of their interpretation. Barricade is a collaboration with the hundreds of brave men and women whose unquenchable thirst for change fuels hope for a new generation.”

For a limited time there is a pre-sale special edition of Barricade available for order. This special edition includes the Barricade book, an 8×12″ archival print, “Golden Bread” magnet from Maidan, and Ukrainian national colored ribbon, all packaged in a genuine sandbag from the barricades of Kiev for only €50.00!

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California: Paradise Burning

Featured today on the New Yorker a collaborative film, “California: Paradise Burning” by Ed Kashi (VII) and Matt Black gives a deeper and personal look at the severe drought in California. Black and Kashi recently connected with the farmers and shepherds of the Central Valley, documenting their ongoing struggles as they face the serious drought conditions plaguing California.

“Since 2012, California has been suffering through a historically severe drought. For the farmers of the Central Valley, which is, as Dana Goodyear writes in this week’s issue, “the country’s fruit basket, salad bowl, and dairy case,” the future seems especially bleak. Wells have gone dry, orchards have been left to perish, and those who came to California to work the fields stand idle.”

View more of Black’s photographs in this week’s print issue.