Hyperlocal Storytelling in the Time of Pandemic with Ed Kashi

April 29, 2021
10:00–11:15AM EDT
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Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. At the Meadowlands YMCA since early March they kicked in to pandemic response. They were one of the first in the state to create a child care option for doctors, nurses, firefighters, delivery people, any essential worker. They are offering this free of charge. The N.Y. Giants football team donated $100,000. They are caring for an average of 60 kids a day. The workers are all volunteers. They have been distributing food since mid March and have now distributed over 40,000 meals. People are waiting in their cars for up to three hours to get the food donation, photographed in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on April 21, 2020.

Telling the stories around you has always been a powerful and intimate aspect of documentary and journalistic work, but during the time of pandemic, when we are more likely locked down and even quarantined, where travel is either impossible or quite difficult, to hone your skills and awareness of the stories in your home, neighborhood, city, community or state, is not only valuable but imperative. This lecture will reflect upon the stories Ed Kashi has told in the course of his career and how he’s managed to continue to work during the pandemic by focusing on hyper-local stories of national and global significance.

This event was recorded and you can watch the video here

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