In the Picture with Ed Kashi: Curse of the Black Gold

Talk Wednesday 10th March, 2010

In March’s In the Picture, Ed Kashi will delve into his experiences as a photojournalist, focusing on his work in the Niger Delta where he was illegally detained by the military in 2006.

From 2004 to 2009 the US-based photojournalist, filmmaker and educator spent five months in Nigeria documenting the impact of the extraction of the Niger Delta’s oil on its local population.

Committed to documenting the social and political issues that define our times, Ed Kashi has worked in over 60 countries including Nigeria, Iraq and Afghanistan. His compelling, complex imagery has been acknowledged in the form of numerous awards, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, Time, MediaStorm, GEO, Newsweek, and many other publications. The six books to his name include Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and most recently THREE. His innovative approach to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, a creative and thought-provoking form of visual storytelling.

This event will be moderated by Sean O’Hagan, senior feature writer at the Observer and photography columnist for the Guardian.