Young Woman with Umbrella, Nigeria, 2006.
from the photographer... "This image was made near Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in the heart of the Niger Delta, Nigeria’s oil producing region. It was made under duress. The military, police, and government do not want media coverage of the oil industry there. They are protective of the image of this industry, which represents more than 85% of the countries GDP. I had been working for years on this project and in this image wanted to show the proximity of the oil industry to where people live. Here you literally have functioning oil and gas pipelines runnings alongside people’s simple homes. There is no protection from pollution, spills or worse fires and explosions. Right after I made this image a MOPOLS unit, or mobile police unit, came upon me and tried to arrest me. I was determined to not allow another detention (one week earlier I had spent 4 days in detention under the military and State Security Services, and would not allow them to take me again. It was a stressful experience to make what appears to be a tranquil image."
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist 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. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.
Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, CommArts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. His editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books including Photojournalisms, THREE, andAging in America.