/ 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.

Awards Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship Grant, American Photo, Applied Arts, Artivist Film Festival , Black Maria Film & Video Festival Jury's Stellar Award, Communication Arts Photography Annual, Days Japan Photojournalism Awards, Festival Photoreporter, Freddie Awards, International Photography Awards, Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, National Geographic Explorer's Grant, National Press Club Journalism Award, New York Photo Festival Awards, Open Society Institute Grant, Photo District News (PDN), Photocrati Fund, Pictures of the Year (POYi), Prix Pictet Commission, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2-year fellowship grant, UNICEF Photo of the Year, USA Book News National Best Books Award, Village Voice Best Photo Book, World Press Photo