Telling a Story: Kashi, Spring 2024

Telling a Story
Learn the Visual Language of the Photo Essay

This class has been cancelled.

Instructor: Ed Kashi
A two-day in-person workshop. Saturday, March 23 and Saturday May 4
9:30 am – 5:00 pm each day
Class meets at the Magnum Foundation, New York, NY
Course fee: $650
Prerequisite: Students must be intermediate to advanced level
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Photo by Ed Kashi

Photos by Ed Kashi. 

Class Description

This unique two-day in-person workshop, spread out over a six-week period, will give participants a chance to share their work with Ed Kashi and the cohort of other photographers to receive feedback and then work on an assignment over the six-week period.

The first class on Saturday, March 23 would involve:

  • Lecture and discussion about the most effective approaches to creating a photo essay followed by Ed showing samples of his work and the work of other documentary photographers.
  • Discussion of assignment
  • Students present samples of their recent work and discuss a project that they may want to work on during the following six weeks.

The second class on Saturday, May 4 would involve:

  • Review, edit and sequence the photo story you have worked on during the previous six weeks.

During the six-week period, Ed will be available as his schedule permits to consult with students about their projects via email and WhatsApp.

The goals of this workshop are to receive critical analysis of your work, be pushed to pick a subject you’re passionate about exploring, and then receive invaluable feedback and guidance, which is sure to make you grow as a visual storyteller.


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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