As trained photojournalists, we here at Made Journal are passionate about the importance and potential power of documentary photography. When the roster of pre-eminent photographers bound for GPP2016 – Dubai Photo Week were announced we were thrilled to learn that American photojournalist, Ed Kashi, will return to Dubai to share his knowledge and experiences as part of the February 5-12 event. Now in its 12th year, Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) has established itself as a serious fixture on the world photography calendar and attracts among the most talented photographers of out time to host workshops and seminars.
In 2016, Ed Kashi will host a week-long workshop, New Frontiers in the Art of Visual Storytelling, encompassing print editorial and multimedia works. The respected photojournalist is dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
Ed has kindly shared some of his thought-provoking work with Made Journal, as well as his personal insight into each image.
Ze Peixe or “the fish,” is Brazil’s most famous boat pilot. He guides ships into and out of the port in a unique way: by swimming approximatley 10 to 12 km
Street scene in Kano, Nigeria on March 31, 2013. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and it is also one of the world’s most important oil producers: 50% of the population lives in poverty, and in the north, where the situation is particularly dire, the number is more than 70%. Nigeria is evenly split between the primarily Muslim north and a Christian south, and although most people live in harmony, since 2009, a murky Islamic insurgent group, Boko Haram, which translates as Western Religion is Sacrilegious, has become increasingly radical and violent, targeting Nigerian security forces and churches. As tensions flair, there is a looming potential for civil war that could threaten to engulf the country and tear Nigeria apart –a disastrous outcome for all of Africa. Photographer Ed Kashi intends to make two trips to the Northeast to complete this story. This story will show how converging issues are impacting Nigeria’s growing crisis: religious strife, economic disparity, ethnicity, and a fight for resources.
Walter Arsenio Rivera, 29, poses with his father, Antonio Arsenio Rivera, 58, in the cane fields of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua on Jan. 6, 2013. Both men suffer from chronic kidney disease. La Isla is dedicated to fighting the epidemic of kidney disease in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. They work with health officials and researchers to provide better medical treatment for the sick and to study the causes of the epidemic. They support and organise workers and their families through education programs, health initiatives, and economic development projects. And we are committed to breaking the silence that shrouds this epidemic.
Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, who suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, in her home in Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam on July 9, 2010.
In the fishing village of Sainte Luce, fishermen return with their early morning catches. It’s mostly lobsters and assorted fish. The lobsters are for export to the European market. The lobster and fish catches are reduced and the fishermen have to go farther out to sea then they have traditionally. This has made their work more dangerous and reflects a growing threat to their livelihoods. These images were made for the 2010 Prix Pictet Commission, working in cooperation with the United Kingdom based NGO, Azafady, to show issues around land, forests and poverty in this region of Madagascar. The purpose of the images and stories collected here are to illustrate the lack of develoment and Azafady’s efforts to promote sustainable development to improve the lives of the people and how the land is used.
Okrika is a troubled area near Port Harcourt that has oil, refineries, pipelines and violence. Factional fighting is common here. Fishing is struggling, like in most of the delta, but was once the main source of employment. Scenes of community life around the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum) pipelines that run directly through this community.
Street scenes at dusk in the neighborhoods of San Francisco.Chinatown.
Ze Peixe looks out at the Sergipe River just outside his home in Aracuju. He has never used moisturizer or any sort of sun protection on his skin. Jose Martins Ribeiro Nunes, age 74, also known as Ze Peixe or “the fish,” is Brazil’s most famous boat pilot. He guides ships into and out of the port in a unique way: by swimming approximatley 10 to 12 km. This simple man, who has never worn shoes and lives for the sea, is a living folk hero.
In Cairo, refugees from the housing shortage have laid claim to the city’s main cemetery. One hundred and twenty thousand people live, work, shop and go to school in and among the mausoleums. It is a thriving necropolis where the sanctity of the dead coexists with the needs of the living. A glass factory is one of the many small industries that thrive in the cemetery.
Kurdish woman harvesting lentils on Arab owned land in Syria, along the border with Turkey. 1991.
All photographs reproduced kindly with the permission of Ed Kashi
GPP2016 – Dubai Photo Week is hosted by Gulf Photo Plus, MENA’s leading photography centre, based in Al Quoz. Visit gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2016 for the full event schedule but see below for more detailed information.
Every year the team at Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) works hard to bring the best of the best to come share their knowledge and their art, GPP2016’s line-up combines some of the industry’s most recognised names, along with talented emerging artists.
Returning photographers include David Hobby of the Strobist blog, and editorial and street photographer, Zack Arias, as well as architectural and fine art photographer Mike Kelley, photography veteran Steve Simon, Peter Hurley, street-photographer Eric Kim, one of “the Photoshop Guys” RC Concepcion, the artfully experimental Sara Lando and Martin Prihoda, a commercial and fashion photographer based out of Mumbai, who balances shooting for international fashion publications and with working for NGOs and charities across the globe.
In addition, GPP2016 will welcome a wide range of new instructors:
- Tamara Lackey – a Nikon USA Ambassador and portrait, commercial, and editorial photographer.
- Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed travel photographer. He’ll be flying into Dubai to lead a series of workshops on shooting urban and desert landscapes, as well as how to post-process photographs to achieve the ultimate final image.
- Tim Wallace, a multiple award-winning automotive photographer, who has worked internationally with clients like Aston Martin and Jaguar, will host a series of workshops focused on automotive photography.
- Andrew Hetherington will shake things up as he brings his commercial and editorial photography skills to GPP2016 along with his unquenchable personality, his penchant for humor, and his inexplicable ability to work with absolutely anyone from Jimmy Fallon to the Duck Dynasty crew.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GPP2016
PHOTO FRIDAY: Gulf Photo Plus is committed to providing a consistently fresh line-up of workshops each year as well as raising the bar when it comes to their opening event: the ever-popular PhotoFriday. Scheduled for Friday, February 5th, PhotoFriday is a single, electric day stuffed to the brim with 16 different 90-minute seminars and panel discussions on every photography topic imaginable. Designed to appeal to a wide range of skillsets and levels, these seminars make photography accessible to a wider audience with affordable tickets and a special offer on bookings. The full schedule for PhotoFriday will be released in December 2015.
SMILE – EXHIBITION BY VII PHOTO AGENCY: The SMILE exhibition is a collective project by a renowned VII Photo Agency, featuring work of its outstanding members. The exhibition brings together photographs of people smiling – most often a taboo expression in photojournalism – into a collection of powerful images gathered during the most important historical events that have shaped the past thirty years. The exhibition opens on Friday 4th at 7:00 pm and runs until March 4th 2016 at GPP headquarters in Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai.
FREE EVENTS: The GPP2016 schedule also includes free events that are open to the public. More details will be announced closer to the start of GPP2016.