Bronze / 2019 / Press / Nature/Environmental

CKDu, Peru, 2018

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/Nature/Environmental
  • Company
    Ed Kashi
  • Photographer
    Ed Kashi
  • Credit
    Ed Kashi/VII

Chronic Kidney Disease of undetermined causes (CKDu) is a worldwide epidemic presenting itself in hot, poor agricultural regions. The lack of medical attention and the hesitancy of potential victims to seek a diagnosis due to fear and stigma perpetuates this global disease. CKDu is caused by insufficient hydration, toxic chemicals, poor diets, and inadequate medical care. I have documented CKDu in Nicaragua, El Salvador, India, Sri Lanka, and most recently, Peru. This is a collaboration with NGO’s, global medical and healthcare professionals, labor rights activists and industries.

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues of our times. A sensitive eye and intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi is recognized for his complex imagery and compelling rendering of the human condition. In addition to producing 9 books, he is a pioneer and innovator of multimedia, whose award-winning work has been published and exhibited worldwide.