Ed Kashi / New York City

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of the VII Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Kashi is a mentor to students of photography and an active participant in forums and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography and multimedia. His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated eight 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 & multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues. TEM has coordinated Newest Americans in partnership with VII Agency and Rutgers University-Newark. Newest Americans is a multimedia and multidisciplinary collaboration documenting the stories about immigration and identity that radiate from Rutgers-Newark, one of the most diverse universities in the nation.

Jamaican preacher in Bath, England.
The Cherubim And Seraphim Mount Zion Finima church is an African-Christian church that has branches throughout the delta. It was founded by a Nigerian man in the early 20th century. 20 x 26
The Aetas of Mount Pinatubo
Aetas perform penitence. On Good Friday, Aetas who have converted to Christianity, perform penitence and enact the "stations of the cross", through the resettlement communities of Planas and Porac, Pampanga.
Aging in America -  Burlesque
At the annual Miss Exotic World pageant, held on a ranch in the middle of the Mohave desert, the aging legends of Burlesque host and perform alongside their young successors in the art of striptease. Former Burlesque star Dixie Evans, 71, at the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Miss Exotic World Pageant.
Curse of the Black Gold: Oil in the Niger Delta
Ogbaland is a tribal area of the Egi people and is comprised of 20 communities nearby each other. They all consider King Egi their leader. He has been king for 25 years. This clan is in the Ogba/Egbemoa/Ndoni local government area. Celebration of the Egi New Year, which is tied to the harvest season and lunar calendar, takes place in August. It is also the New Yam Festival, which augers in one month of relaxing before farming and fishing begin again. The King and Queen of Ogbaland are the centerpiece of the event, which involves families from all 20 communities of the clan. They bring burning shoots and offerings to the King and the scene is one of mayhem, drunken fun and mock violence with guns, knives, axes and machetes brandished.
Agent Orange
Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, who suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, in her home in Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam on July 9, 2010.
Overview of daily life in Pakistan. 1998. Horse dance at the Sibi Camel Festival in Balochistan.
Northern Nigeria
Timeni Samuel, 24, waits with her attendants to begin her wedding day to Tony Bala Shammah, 29, at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Sabon Gari district of Kano, Nigeria on April 6, 2013. Samuel and Shammah are a Christian couple.
In the Igaw village of Oporoza three of the nine MEND fighters that were recently killed in a military ambush are laid to rest. MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) members had just negotiated the release of a Shell worker taken hostage and while on the way back through the creeks to deliver the worker to freedom, Nigerian military boats ambushed them and killed all nine as well as the Shell worker.Armed militants with MEND make a show of arms in support of their fallen comrades deep in the swamps of the Niger Delta.24 x 30
Settlers perform ritual ablutions in an ancient spring near the village. Because this spring was once also used by local Palestinians, security is tight. Defying national and international political pressure and security concerns, Orthodox Jewish settlers continue to build new religious communities on contested land in Israel's West Bank.
***NO LAST NAMES TO BE USED IN PRINT OR IN THE VIDEO*** Scenes with a refugee family of youths in an isolated enclave of tents on a farm in the middle of the desert between the Syrian and Iraqi borders in Ereinbeh, Jordan on Nov. 14, 2013. The siblings have been in Jordan since August of 2012, having fled from their hometown of Hasakeh, Syria first to Daraa in the south and then over the border to Jordan. Their parents made them leave Syria to avoid rape of the girls and conscription of the boy into the military or the Free Syrian Army. They are Muna Mesto, 16, Sumya Mesto, 15, Bilal Mesto, 14 and Lamya Mesto, 13. They left behind their parents and 4 other siblings, and now live in a tent with their paternal grandmother Khansa Mesto, who is in her 80's.
Ze Peixe
Ze Peixe looks out at the Sergipe River just outside his home in Aracuju. He has never used moisturizer or any sort of sun protection on his skin.Jose Martins Ribeiro Nunes, age 74, also known as Ze Peixe or "the fish," is Brazil's most famous boat pilot. He guides ships into and out of the port in a unique way: by swimming approximatley 10 to 12 km. This simple man, who has never worn shoes and lives for the sea, is a living folk hero.
***NO NAMES TO BE USED*** Former sugar cane worker, Roberto Valdivia, 31, poses for a portrait in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua on April 24, 2014. After 16 years cutting sugar cane, Valdivia is sick with kidney disease. He vows, "I'll die working," and now drives a tricycle taxi. Media Consent: Full Clearance
Rice farmers prepare their field for planting by using zebu (cattle) to soften the muddy earth so the young rice shoots will take hold deeper in the soil. This is an ancient Malagasy tradition and is called magnosy. These images have been made for the 2010 Prix Pictet Commission, working in cooperation with the United Kingdom based NGO, Azafady, to show issues around land, forests and poverty in this region of Madagascar. The purpose of the images and stories collected here are to illustrate the lack of develoment and Azafady's efforts to promote sustainable development to improve the lives of the people and how the land is used.
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Scenes in Oloibiri Town, Niger Delta
An oil spill from an abandoned Shell Petroleum Development Company well in Oloibiri, Niger Delta. Wellhead 14 was closed in 1977 but has been leaking for years, and in June of 2004 it finally released an oil spill of over 20,000 barrels of crude. Workers subcontracted by Shell Oil Company clean it up.24.25 x 30
***NO NAMES TO BE USED***Family and friends gather for the funeral procession and burial of a former sugar cane worker, 36, who died of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu), after working in the sugar cane fields for 12 years in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua on Jan. 7, 2013. He is part of a steady procession of deaths among the cane workers in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.
Children play on the hull of a rusting ship by the waterfront in Fedosia, Crimea, Ukraine on Aug. 12, 1993.