Les Yeux du Monde is honored to present in conjunction with the Look 3 Festival of the Photograph Syria before the Storm, an exhibition of photographs by Ed Kashi from 3 June through 3 July 2016 and a presentation by Don Belt, Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur on Sunday 19 June at 4 p.m. at CitySpace.

On assignment for National Geographic magazine, photojournalist Ed Kashi and staff writer Don Belt visited Syria many times over the past two decades, reporting on subjects ranging from water scarcity and geopolitical conflict to Syria’s embattled Arab Christians. Shortly before the Arab Spring and the spark that lit the Syrian civil war, Ed and Don spent months traveling across Syria to assess life in that country for a National Geographic feature story. Their assignment, which took them from little-seen corners of the country to the office of President Bashar al Assad, resulted in one of the most penetrating and comprehensive magazine coverages of Syria ever published, grounded in the history and human geography of this ancient crossroads.

This story featured in the November 2009 National Geographic provides the backdrop for the exhibition of photographs at LYdM and the subject of the presentation on June 19 at 4 p.m. at the Old Metropolitan Hall in Charlottesville that will be the Closing of the Look3 Festival of the photograph. In this hour-long presentation featuring Ed’s photographs, Kashi and Belt will share their stories of Syria on the eve of war, followed by a special presentation of “Syria’s Lost Generation” (2014), an award-winning documentary film about Syrian refugees co-produced by Ed and his wife, Julie Winokur. All of these events are free and open to the public.

About Ed Kashi
Along with numerous awards, including Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Photographer of the Year 2015, Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Communication Arts, Applied Arts, and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books

About Don Belt
A longtime writer and editor for National Geographic, Don Belt is an award-winning journalist, an acclaimed teacher and public speaker, and an experienced communications strategist working on behalf of worthwhile causes and organizations. He brings a global and humanistic perspective to every project he takes on, ranging from editing the first-ever National Geographic retrospective on Islam to exploring the frontiers of journalism in the digital age.