I TAKE ON ISSUES that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds. I’m driven by this fact; that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.
Ed Kashi is an acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media.
He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s embrace of new approaches to visual storytelling has led to creative social media and printed projects for a range of clients including National Geographic, Open Society Foundations, The New Yorker, MSNBC, GEO Germany, Fortune, Human Rights Watch, International Medical Corps, MediaStorm, NBC.com, New York Times Magazine, Oxfam, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and TIME magazine. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to real-time Instagram coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine in 2012, Kashi continues to create powerful imagery and engage with the world in new ways.
A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published nine books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, THREE, and Photojournalisms.
In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. They are currently engaged in a 5-year storytelling project called Newest Americans with Rutgers University in Newark focused on immigration for which they recently received a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kashi is also on the Board of Directors of the Catchlight Foundation.
SELECTED HONORS + DISTINCTIONS
America Photo Images of the Year
Artivist Film Festival
Baruch College Ratner Visiting Business Journalist Fellow
FotoWeek DC Awards Multimedia
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Open Society Institute Grant, Soros Foundation
PDN Editor’s Choice Award
PDN Photo Annual
The Photographers Giving Back Award
POYi Documentary Journalism 1st Place
POYi Multimedia Award of Excellence
POYi Multimedia Photographer of the Year
Prix Pictet Commission
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant
UNICEF Photo of the Year
USA Book News National Best Books Awards
World Press Photo
@tlas, Permanent Collection, SF MoMA, CA
George Eastman House
International Center of Photography, NY
Middle Tennessee State University
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
New Orleans Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art, CA
Southeast Museum of Photography, FL
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
University of Louisville Special Collections
ED KASHI STUDIO
110 Montclair Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042 USA
(973) 746 – 9096
VII PHOTO AGENCY
Queries about assignments/licensing:
(646) 694 – 8447
QUERIES REGARDING FINE ART PRINTS:
Human Rights Watch
International Medical Corps
New York Times Magazine
The New Yorker
Open Society Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation