Ed Kashi

InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles recently got involved with the Palo Alto Photography Forum Lecture Series, started by Frederica Armstrong. The goal of the lecture series is to showcase prominent photojournalists, whose work, according to the organization’s website, “brings understanding to critical stories and promotes conversations and engagement on global and local issues.”

“Being passionate about photography and journalism, I see the importance of visual story telling as a way to better grasp our social issues,” said Irene. “When Frederica approached me with the idea of starting a lecture forum, I was eager to get involved and help spread the word.

Ed Kashi portrait“Bringing world-class photographers into our community is an amazing opportunity that benefits us all.”

The first lecture, featuring photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi (photo, right), will take place on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road) in Palo Alto. Tickets are available online.

Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has seven books, including his latest Photojournalisms, a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period from various locations around the world. In 2015, he was named Multimedia Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International.

Moderator Geri Migielicz will follow up with an interview and Q&A with the audience. Book signing and light refreshments will conclude the event. “And I’ll have ale from Freewheel Brewing Company!” added Irene, whose husband Malcolm McGinnis is one of the owners of the local brewery.

Top photo by Ed Kashi; used with permission. Photo of Ed Kashi courtesy of Palo Alto Photography Forum

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