The Photography Circle welcomes all who have an interest in photography and lens-based media regardless or their level of expertise. We further our understanding of photography as a visual language and art form through photographic presentations, discussions and portfolio reviews. We invite you to join us! Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month. Tea and coffee served. Please contact Andrea Wallace, Artistic Director of Photography & New Media, to RSVP or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Photo Circle, we will screen Ed Kashi’s film, Under Cane. His partner, Julie Winoker, will introduce this short film and then take questions afterwards.
UNDER CANE (2015) In Nicaragua, the average lifespan of men who harvest sugarcane is 49 years. At the root of these early deaths is an epidemic known as Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). In the town of Chichigalpa, often called the “Island of Widows,” 1-in-3 men, mostly cane workers, have end-stage renal failure from this fatal occupational disease that is both a public health crisis and a social injustice. In Central America alone, over 20,000 sugarcane workers have died from CKDnT in the past ten years. Research on the subject of CKDnT indicates that repeated dehydration, severe heat, and environmental toxins might play a huge part in the rising death toll among sugarcane workers. These clues need further investigation and increased media coverage to find solutions to this critical problem that exists in Nicaragua, elsewhere in Central America, and globally. From southern Mexico to Ecuador, Sri Lanka, India and other tropical/subtropical countries, battling CKDnT is of global concern. The film was originally published on National Geographic News on January 29, 2015.
Julie Winokur is Founding Director of Talking Eyes Media, a nonprofit production company committed to social change. Her work has appeared in Time, The Atlantic and National Geographic, as well as on PBS and Discovery, and she has produced films for the International Rescue Committee and Oxfam. Julie is currently producing a digital magazine called Newest Americans. www.talkingeyesmedia.org
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator whose sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. He is a member of the VII Photo Agency. Ed is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community. www.edkashi.com
Julie and Ed are also teaching with Anderson Ranch this summer. Click here to find out more!