Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. Children gather in an enclave of tents at the Al Za’atri refugee camp for Syrians near Mafraq, Jordan on Nov. 25, 2013. Photographer Ed Kashi went to Iraq and Jordan, working with the International Medical Corps, IMC, a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides aid and relief to those affected by conflict and crisis, to intimately illustrate the plight of this lost generation. IMC’s efforts are pushing to increase awareness and improve not only the physical, but also the mental health of young refugees plagued by depression, fear, suffering, and the sense of a life turned upside down.
This live event is on June 11 at 16:00 CET/10:00 EDT.
Why do you do your work? What compels you to choose your projects? As a visual storyteller who for decades has focused on some of the most important issues of my time, I have found in recent years greater opportunities and satisfaction in working with non-traditional editorial type clients to produce meaningful photo essays and short documentary films on issues that I care about. In this lecture, I’ll share work from projects spanning the past decade that reflects how our industry has changed, and the creative and impactful ways I’ve been able to make new work and make a difference. It took me years to understand how my work was already having an impact, and that I could translate it more directly into collaborative relationships with NGOs, foundations, and nonprofits, and then utilize the media to reach a broader audience. I’ll map out different scenarios that I’ve experienced to stimulate ideas, visions, and questions in your minds. I’ll discuss the importance of authorship and maintaining creative independence. Finally, I’ll explain how to effectively use the new paradigms for producing and financing projects and the importance of expanding your skillset to include audio and video.