Developing a Personal Documentary Project: Kashi, Fall 2023

Expanding Your Vision
Refining Your Documentary Work and Personal Projects

Instructor: Ed Kashi
6:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six Tuesdays beginning October 3, 2023
     Class does not meet October 24
Ed to be available by email between sessions to review and discuss work
Course type: Crit, shooting, lecture, discussion
Course fee: $800
Scholarships: We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for this class.
Prerequisite: Students must be intermediate to professional level


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Option to pay 25% deposit now with balance due one week before course starts.

Photo by Ed Kashi

Photo by Ed Kashi. A cafe scene in Marseille, France. 2011


Class Description

The importance of creating your own personal projects is critical to your artistic and professional development. It is also what leads to the creation of your legacy work. 

This workshop is designed for working photographers who have projects already in progress, ideas that are in germination stage, or finished projects that are in need of final preparations for dissemination.

The focus of the class is to help you clarify what you care about, learn how to commit to your project, clarify your visual approach, and determine the intended outcomes. We will also discuss who your audience is, writing funding proposals, and how to disseminate the work once completed. 

Documentary work in the context of this workshop can be both based on observational work and conceptual ideas. Ed will share examples of his many documentary projects in various forms, review and discuss the work of class participants and then guide them forward in their own personal process. 

Ed Kashi

Ed KashiEd Kashi is a prolific photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated  educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media.

He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s embrace of new approaches to visual storytelling has led to creative social media and printed projects for a range of clients including National Geographic, Open Society Foundations, The New Yorker, MSNBC, Fortune, Human Rights Watch, International Medical Corps,, New York Times Magazine, Oxfam, and TIME magazine.

A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published 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, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. Their project, Newest Americans, was just awarded Best Online Project of the Year from Pictures of the Year International.

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