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April 2017

Newest Americans receives National Endowment for the Arts grant!

April 10 - April 24

I am so excited to share that Newest Americans, a joint project between Julie Winokur, director of Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo & I, and Tim Raphael, Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, just received an National Endowment for the Arts (NEH link) grant that will support their collaborative documentary storytelling project about immigration for two more years.   “This grant will support media production for documenting the (im)migrant histories of three Newark neighborhoods, media training in Newark high schools, public humanities programming, and a…

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PDN PULSE shares the NEH Grant awarded to Newest Americans

April 10 - April 25

PDN Pulse shared the good news about the NEH grant awarded to Newest Americans, a collaboration between Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo, and Rutgers University Newark.   The $310K grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help fund a storytelling project documenting the immigrant histories of three Newark, NJ neighborhoods in addition to supporting media training in Newark high schools and public humanities programming. The grant will also fund a Newark History Bus which will become a mobile…

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Alexia 2017 Grant Recipients Announced

April 11 @ 12:00 am

The Alexia Foundation announced that Sarah Blesener of New York is the recipient of The Alexia $20,000 Professional Grant for Toy Soldiers, her work documenting rising nationalism among youth.     It was a pleasure working with Keith Jenkins, Amy Pereira, and Mike Davis on the judging for this competition. This was the most competitive year for The Alexia Grant to date, with over 291 submitted proposals. Xyza Bacani and Alexia Webster have also been recognized with Judges Special Recognition awards for My…

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CreativeLive online class with Ron Haviv: Why We Shoot

April 12 - May 17

I will be teaching a new CreativeLive class, this time with Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of VII Photo, Ron Haviv. __ Shooting With Integrity And Honesty. VII Photo Agency represents 19 of the world’s most preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history. In this special session, Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi from VII will talk about what inspires and motivates them. VII is comprised of select group of professional photojournalists who share a commitment to compassionately documenting…

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Aleppo Exhibition at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam

April 20 - May 5

I am pleased to be a part of an Aleppo exhibition at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam, opening April 20th.   “How do you represent the cultural and historical significance of one of the oldest cities in the world? A city that in recent months was almost continuously in the news because of the conflict taking place there. The inevitable result is an incomplete and colored image: the city is minimized to fire and its former inhabitants into refugees. The…

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Facing An Epidemic: Exhibit, Panel Discussion & Fundraiser in Burlington, VT

April 21

Aubrey Roemer, Tom Laffay, & I are exhibiting our work on Chronic Kidney Disease at the Allen House of the University of Vermont on April 21st in support of advocacy for the effected workers.   The event is open to the public at 12pm Reception & panel discussions with the artists at 5pm   Join us in our efforts to bring support to ongoing human rights work and medical relief as we strive to make change on this underreported issue.  …

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Catchlight Fellows Announced!

April 26 - April 30

A huge congratulations to Tomas van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener, and Brian Frank who will each receive a $30,000 grant and be paired with a CatchLight media partner – The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting or The Marshall Project—to complete a proposed project that builds upon past work, demonstrates measurable social awareness and expands understanding of how visual art can be used to communicate vital social issues.   There were over 300 photographers from around the world…

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PureNonfiction LIVE at the Montclair Film Festival

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Save the date! Julie Winokur and I will be joining Thom Powers in conversation for a live recording session of his podcast Pure NonFiction during the acclaimed Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, NJ.   “Montclair-based documentary photographer Ed Kashi and filmmaker Julie Winokur (Talking Eyes Media) are married with two children, but their work frequently puts them on the road. Last year, Kashi wrote an essay called “The Unspoken Consequences of a Photojournalist’s Life,” published in Time, that candidly explores the personal…

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May 2017

International Photography Festival in Israel

May 1 - May 8

I’m humbled and excited to take part in this year’s International Photography Festival in Israel as part of the Social Project ‘This Is My Story’ this May.   The festival annually partners with the US embassy, using photography and digital media as a tool to express one’s identity and community; bringing together Israeli photography students and both Jewish and Arab high school students. The participants will work together toward an exhibition that will ultimately be a part of the Israel…

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Collaborative Journalism Summit: Montclair State University, NJ

May 4 - May 5

Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media, Newest Americans, & Bring It To The Table will be joining the panel of speakers at this year’s Collaborative Journalism Summit at Montclair State University.   On May 4th & 5th, MSU brings together journalists, publishers, media executives & more to discuss the importance of collaboration and community engagement in more meaningful journalism and sustainable business models. The conference will be loaded with interactive discussions and Q&A sessions. Audience members will be encouraged to…

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