Ed Kashi

  • Selected Works


     
    Ed Kashi, Palmyra, Syria
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Road from Damascus to Palmyra, Syria
     
    Ed Kashi, Road from Damascus to Palmyra, Syria. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 34 x 48″

    Postcard Seller at Palmyra Ruins, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Postcard Seller at Palmyra Ruins, Syria. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 26″

    Greco-Roman Ruins of Palmyra, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Greco-Roman Ruins of Palmyra, Syria. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Day Laborers in the village of Erry Shamaly, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Cotton Fields, Erry Shamaly, Syria. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    Erry Shamaly, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Cotton, Erry Shamaly, Syria. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 34 x 48″

    The Qalat Sharif neighborhood in Aleppo’s Old City by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, The Qalat Sharif neighborhood in Aleppo’s Old City. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    A Bedouin Family on the way to al-Ghab Valley to graze their Herds by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, A Bedouin Family on the way to al-Ghab Valley to graze their Herds. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Hilltop Citadel in Aleppo by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Hilltop Citadel in Aleppo
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Damascus, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Damascus, Syria.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus, Syria. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    Sacks of grain in a city of wheat that rises from the Syrian Desert near al-Qamishli, Syria by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Sacks of grain in the Syrian Desert near al-Qamishli. 1995.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Omayyad Mosque in Damascus by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Omayyad Mosque in Damascus. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    Sayida Zainab Mosque, Damascus by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Sayida Zainab Mosque, Damascus. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    A view of Damascus from Mount Qassion by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, A view of Damascus from Mount Qassion. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    Syrian Catholics prepare for Easter, Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Syrian Catholics prepare for Easter, Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

    Syrian Catholics prepare for Easter, Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, Children playing among the domed-roofs of Am Al Aboud, in the Halab region of Syria.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 24.5 x 36″

    The Night of Power, at The Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Damascus by Ed Kashi
     
    Ed Kashi, The Night of Power, at The Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Damascus. 2009.
    Photograph, edition of 7, 17 x 24″

     

     

  • Past Exhibitions
  • Biography

    Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking, and personal projects, Kashi is an educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work. Kashi’s complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition.

    “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,” he says. “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.”

    Along with numerous awards, including honors from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Foundation, Communication Arts, and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated four books. Kashi’s first project for National Geographic magazine was a cover story on the Kurds. It was subsequently published as the monograph When the Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds (Pantheon). The October 2008 edition of National Geographic presented Kashi’s 12th major story for the magazine, “India’s Highways.” Also published in National Geographic, “Curse of the Black Gold: Hope and Betrayal in the Niger Delta” (February 2007) chronicled the negative impact of oil development on the impoverished Niger Delta. This article led to a collaborative photographic and editorial essay book, Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (published in 2008 by powerHouse Books).

    In 2009, powerHouse Books published Kashi’s book Three. Presented in a triptych format, this project draws upon Kashi’s vast supply of images created over 30 years searching for “visual connections, visual language, visual poetry of three.” Diverging from Kashi’s more widely known editorial context, Three provocatively “plays on the relationships of photographs to explore life’s hidden associations,” which exist in our chaotic, frenzied, constantly fluctuating modern world.

    Another of Kashi’s innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan flip book, which premiered on MSNBC.com in December 2006. Using stills in a moving image format, this creative and thought-provoking form of visual storytelling garnered an award from the 26th annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival (2007) and has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at the George Eastman House. Also, an eight-year personal project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a Web site, and a book that was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo. Published by powerHouse Books, this work examines the social impact of the expanding elderly population in the United States.

    Other projects include documentary work on the Protestant community in Northern Ireland, which was self-published as a book titled The Protestants: No Surrender. This study set the tone for future explorations of groups in conflict who have been neglected by the mainstream media. In the mid-1990s, Kashi spent several years documenting the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. The settlers’ story has been published worldwide, and a photograph from this essay received an award in the 1995 World Press Photo competition.

    In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer/filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The nonprofit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. The first project resulted in a book and a traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured. A one-hour documentary film pertaining to this crucial health care challenge was produced for release in mid-2009.

    According to David Griffin, Director of Photography at National Geographic: “Ed Kashi is intelligent, brave and compassionate. He always understands the nuances of his subjects. He fearlessly goes where few would venture. And he sympathetically captures the soul of each situation. Ed is one of the best of a new breed of photojournalistic artists.”

    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 & multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues.

     

     

     

  • Bibliography

    SELECTED HONORS + DISTINCTIONS

    America Photo Images of the Year

    American Photography

    Applied Arts

    Artivist Film Festival

    Communication Arts

    FotoWeek DC Awards Multimedia

    IPA Editorial

    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

    Px3

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

    UNICEF Photo of the Year

    USA Book News National Best Books Awards

    World Press Photo

    COLLECTIONS

    @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

    Private Collections

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Books

    ED KASHI BOOKS

    Aging in America: The Years Ahead, 2003. Powerhouse Books. $40.00

    Three, published by Powerhouse Books, 2009. $45.00

    Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (Paperback), published by Powerhouse Books, 2008. $45.00

    Witness Number 8: Photojournalisms, published by Nazraeli Press, March 2012. $45.00

    When the Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds, published by Pantheon Books, 1994. $40.00

    No Surrender: The Protestants, published by Nazraeli Press, March 2012. $15.00