In collaboration with Kodak and George Eastman House, this week celebrates the history of photography, its contribution to and relationship with surrounding culture, its place in the art world, and its reflection of technological innovations that have reshaped the industry. We meet photographers practicing their craft, and SEE this nexus of art, science, culture, biography, and history.
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. 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 six books.
Kashi's latest book is Three, a June 2009 project presented in a triptych format that draws upon his vast supply of images created over 20 years searching for "visual connections, visual language, visual poetry of three." Kashi has shot many National Geographic cover stories, including June 2009's "The Christian Exodus from the Holy Land," which featured his intimate photographs focused on the plight of today's Arab Christians.
Another of Kashi's innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the "Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook," which premiered on MSNBC.com in December 2006. Using stills in a moving image format, this creative and thought-provoking form of visual storytelling 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 website and a book which was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo.
Kashi has done documentary work on the Protestant community in Northern Ireland, self-published in a book titled The Protestants: No Surrender. In the mid-1990s, he spent several years documenting the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank; a photograph from this essay received an award in the World Press Photo 1995 contest.
In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.