This past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a Fotovision workshop called “The Contemporary Landscape: Documentary and Multimedia Storytelling with Ed Kashi.” My mind is exploding with new ways of thinking about photojournalism. Ed was an inspiring teacher, with an open spirit and a great humor about life. He gave me feedback on two photo projects — which I openly asked to receive — to help push me to the next level.
Currently, Ed is also in San Francisco to promote his latest project, “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.” Curse of the Black Gold takes a graphic look at the profound cost of oil exploitation in West Africa. Featuring images by Ed Kashi and text by University of California at Berkeley Professor Michael Watts, the book traces the fifty-year history of Nigeria’s oil industry involvement. From November 5th – December 6th this project will be on exhibit at the Rayko Photo Center. Check it out!