If Cartier-Bresson's decisive moment reflects a situation perfectly in tune with the photographer's intuition, flawlessly combining the elements of composition and timing, then Ed Kashi's abandoned moment is the result of an imprecise instant of surrender. This collection of photographs, made over a 40-year period, reveals imprecise glimpses of transitory events filled with frenetic energy - the chaos of everyday life. Embodying photography's intrinsic power, they preserve moments that can never occur again in exactly the same time and space. When geometry, mood, and possibility unite to unintentionally create something new, the magical and fictional qualities of still photography capture the unplanned essence of existence. In contrast to my journalistic approach of deep personal connection and keen observation, this work is about capturing the untamed energy of a moment with abandon.
About the Author
Ed Kashi (b. 1957) is a renowned photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator, based in the US. A member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi is recognized for his complex imagery and compelling rendering of the human condition. Along with numerous awards, including Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Photographer of the Year 2015, Kashi's images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and have generated nine books. Kashi's innovative approach to photography and filmmaking has produced a number of influential short films and earned recognition by the POYi Awards as 2015's Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi's embrace of technology has led to creative social media projects for clients including National Geographic, The New Yorker, and MSNBC. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to paradigm shifting coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME in 2012, Kashi continues to create compelling imagery and engage with the world in new ways. In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.