July 3, 2008

Journey to Rochester


On June 26, Ed (Kashi), Julie (Winokur), and their children, trekked 9 hours by car to Rochester, New York to attend the opening reception for an exhibit of Ed’s ground-breaking photos from the Niger Delta at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Also on view is a 12-minute award-winning multi-media companion video produced by Julie and MediaStorm.

The powerful exhibition – CURSE OF THE BLACK GOLD: 50 YEARS OF OIL IN THE NIGER DELTA - features 37 graphic photos from Ed’s many sojourns to the oil-rich area. The pictures depict the decimation of the land and its people wrought by the confluence of irresponsible governance and oil extraction practices and deepening poverty.

This year Julie’s provocative multi-media piece won First Place Multimedia at the New York Photo Festival Awards. The video brings Ed’s photos to life and includes the voices of local environmentalists, activists and citizens – who describe the impact of the Nigerian oil industry in personal terms.

The photos in the exhibit are culled from Ed’s award-winning tome, CURSE OF THE BLACK GOLD: 50 YEARS OF OIL IN THE NIGER DELTA (powerHouse). The photos and multimedia video will be on view at the George Eastman House through September 1, 2008.

To view a trailer of the multimedia piece:
http://www.talkingeyesmedia.org/niger_delta.php"

For more information and to purchase a copy of the book:
http://www.curseoftheblackgoldbook.com/"

For more info on the exhibit:
http://www.eastmanhouse.org/exhibits/container_101/index.php"