Ed Kashi writes: 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 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 map out different scenarios that I’ve experienced to stimulate ideas, visions, and questions in your minds. I discuss the importance of authorship and maintaining creative independence. Finally, I 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.
This lecture was originally hosted at VII Interactive, a new resource for sharing insights and information on the craft of visual storytelling. We are building different platforms within the VII ecosystem, where the public can engage directly, online with a live instructor. VII Interactive offers programming that is free and available to everyone, in addition to paid classes and individual mentoring that can be fashioned to your needs.