Ed Kashi@edkashi

Photojournalist, filmmaker, educator, lecturer. VII Photo, NatGeo contributor, CoFounder of Talking Eyes Media, @newestamericans and curious as ever.


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Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto Heading home from work in San Francisco's Financial District in 1981. This image was part of an early work that explored the use of flash blur at dusk. #sanfrancisco #california #everydaybayarea #streetlife #dusk #blackandwhitephotography #documentaryphotography


Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto I’ll be taking over the @everydaybayarea feed for the next 7 days, posting work from my archives made during my 25 years of living in the Bay Area. Latino boys in the Mission district of San Francisco in 1981. This image is part of a dusk series of work I began at this early stage of my career having moving to SF from NY. #sanfrancisco #missiondistrictsf #california #everydaybayarea #streetlife #dusk #blackandwhitephotography #documentaryphotography  #fromthearchives


Just back from a 3 week assignment in California, just in time to get my prints signed from the recent VII Print Sale in conjunction with @humanrightswatch, so they can get out before Christmas. Thanks for everyone’s patience✌🏿 @viiphoto #edkashi #nigerdelta #curseoftgeblackgold


*Last few days to see my series on Immigrant Detention at @gatewayprojectspaces @projectforemptyspace in #Newark #NJ until December 15th! In this photo is Juliet Horton, originally from Uzbekistan, with her four-year-old son, Arthur, in Oxford, Maine on August 23, 2017. Juliet was in immigrant detention at the Hudson County Jail, Hartford Correctional Center for 2 years and 9 months. @statesofincarceration @newestamericans @talkingeyesmedia #viiphoto #immigrantdetention #refugee


A gentleman sits outside of a restaurant in Chitral, a frontier town in Pakistan near the Afghan border, 1998. @viiphoto #Pakistan #independence #homeland #Muslim #travel #tbt #fromthearchives


Today on @viiphoto: an excerpt from my series on immigrant detention. Photographs and audio recordings can be found at www.viiphoto.com as well as at #Newark, NJ's @gatewayprojectspaces through December 15th. @viiphoto @newestamericans @projectforemptyspace @talkingeyesmedia @statesofincarceration


Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. Farmers carrying wheat harvest in the northern areas of Pakistan in 1998. Pakistan became an independent Muslim state in 1947, 70 years ago. @viiphoto #Pakistan #independence #homeland #Muslim #travel #tbt #fromthearchives


This is the final week to see @photoisfestival in #TelAviv, #Israel. Part of my new series, Look Into My Eyes, is included in the festival. Link in bio.


In this 2009 photo from Pipli village near central Punjab, a local farmer selectively burns his crops. @viiphoto #Pakistan #independence #homeland #Muslim #travel #tbt #fromthearchives


A bride is made up on her wedding day at the upscale Depilex Beauty Salon in Lahore, Pakistan in 1997. @viiphoto #Pakistan #independence #homeland #Muslim #travel #tbt #fromthearchives


Photo by Tomas van Houtryve / VII. Hundreds of dancers perform in the Arirang Mass Gymnastics in Pyongyang, North Korea on Aug. 15, 2007. 100,000 performers participate in the Mass Gymnastics, the largest propaganda spectacle in the world.

I spent seven years photographing countries where the Communist Party is still in power, looking for reasons why the ideology holds fast in some parts of the globe. Visiting North Korea was like arriving on another planet. Nearly every facet of the society had been reshaped by totalitarian impulses. Individual freedom was crushed, and all North Koreans were expected to focus their work, energy, and passion on praising their leaders and mobilizing against external enemies -- both real and imagined. The performers captured in this photograph are participants in the Arirang Mass Games, the largest propaganda show of this kind on earth. Reflecting the North Korean ideology of suppressing the individual in favor of the masses, tens of thousands of trained performers move in formations that create shapes and slogans that praise the Kim dynasty, the military, and the one-party State.

Watching the spectacle was both beautiful and terrifying. The sheer scale of human skill and artistry inspired awe, while the total compliance to a paranoid and merciless political system left me deeply chilled. • Link: www.viiphoto.com/vii-hrw • Dates: The sale begins on November 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST and concludes on November 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. • Price: For the price of US$100, each specially editioned 8”×10” photograph is hand-signed by the photographer. The cost of a 28 image box set is US$2000. • Goal: Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to Human Rights Watch in order to assist them in their important work promoting and protecting human rights worldwide. Proceeds that remain with VII Photo are used to advance the work of photographers focusing on social issues globally and furthering the agency’s core mission: truth and justice.