Contemporary Issues, second prize singles
July 9, 2010
Da Nang, Vietnam
Nguyen Thi Li, aged 9, who lives in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang in Vietnam, suffers from disabilities believed to be caused by the defoliating chemical Agent Orange. During the Vietnam War, US forces sprayed Agent Orange over forests and farmland in an attempt to deprive Viet Cong guerrillas of cover and food. The dioxin compound used in the defoliant is a long-acting toxin that can be passed down genetically, so it is still having an impact forty years on. The Vietnam Red Cross estimates that some 150,000 Vietnamese children are disabled owing to their parents’ exposure to the dioxin. Symptoms range from diabetes and heart disease to physical and learning disabilities.
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Ed Kashi speaks about the project:
"I was in Danang, Vietnam to work on a short film about child victims of Agent Orange and, while shooting video, was confronted with this incredible moment where the light, composition, character and mood combined to present something magical, transcendent and ultimately beautiful in its essence. Yet, it also showed the ongoing effects of a war that ended 35 years ago. Nguyen Thi Ly, a 9 year old girl afflicted with the genetic defects associated with Agent Orange exposure, represents yet another generation of children in Vietnam who need care and support."
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About the photographer
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
Since 2000, he has pioneered the movement to multimedia and filmmaking in photojournalism, producing the innovative Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, which has been shown in film festivals and museums around the world, and award-winning short films and multimedia projects on geopolitics and social issues. An eight-year project completed in 2003—Aging in America: The Years Ahead—has created one of the most extensive visual archives on aging in the United States. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo and PoYi, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet commission in the same year, and honors from Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide.
He has made seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world.
Interview with American photographer Ed Kashi about his award-winning photograph of Nguyen Thi Li, who suffers from disabilities believed to be caused by the defoliating chemical Agent Orange.
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