Ed Kashi

In The Enigma Room, Kashi weighs truth against reality, searching for where they intersect and diverge


Kashi uses coding to translate and transform his archive, spanning the globe over four decades. This immersive experience challenges perception – the fact of the photograph versus the mystery of digital alchemy. Kashi has often been at the forefront of experimentation with visual language, and in this installation he leverages coding as the new mode of creating and consuming photography. This work weaves photos, video, and audio, transporting the viewer to discover new planes of reality through digital translation.

With Mike Curry, Brenda Bingham and Rachel Dennis, Kashi deploys code as a tool on par with the camera. Abstract connections link images across time and place. This dreamlike reverie explores the physical and transcendent elements of life through cycles of chaos, calm, celebration, and rebirth.


The Enigma Room is an immersive projection piece, meant to span across three 16:9 screens. The projection (using a 4K projector) is a 15min 22sec seamless multimedia loop, combining video, audio, and photographs altered by custom coding. The video will play off of a mac mini connected to the projector using a program called MadMapper that projects onto the 3 screens. MadMapper perfectly aligns the projection onto any surface, whether it is flat, angled, or curved. Seats can be beanbag-type chairs so that audience members can lean back and find a comfortable viewing position. Speakers can be set up both near the screens facing the audience and on the sides, amplifying the immersive experience by surrounding the audience with sound.

Ed Kashi

Open Call 2020

Ed Kashi is an acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media.

He has covered topics as diverse as:

  • the impact of oil in Nigeria
  • the protestant community in Northern Ireland
  • the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank
  • the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America
  • climate change
  • the plight of Syrian refugees
  • and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers.

A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work.
A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.