The website Social Documentary Network has produced the first issue of ZEKE magazine, a biannual print and digital magazine aimed at highlighting the work of documentary photographers published on SocialDocumentary.net. Alexia dual grantee Matt Black and Foundation board member Ed Kashi are interviewed in the first edition of what is billed as “the magazine of global awareness.”
most places I go I’m the only photographer. So that’s what makes me think that doing it is important. Because I know what is going on, I feel responsible to be there.
In the interview with Matt Black, he discusses his long term projects dealing with the drought in his native Central Valley in California and the exodus of migrants from villages in Mexico. He says, “It’s easy to think that ‘raising awareness’ has become a naïve idea, but most places I go I’m the only photographer. So that’s what makes me think that doing it is important. Because I know what is going on, I feel responsible to be there.” Black continues to produce work that seeks to drive change, such as his current project, the Geography of Poverty.
Ed Kashi’s interview discusses his work covering the Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CDKu) that has affected many sugarcane workers in Central America as well as his perspective on the changing state of the photojournalism industry. Kashi says, “A sugarcane mill there [in El Salvador] started a three-year project with La Isla Foundation, implementing the recommendations to prove we can stem the tide of this epidemic by simple, relatively inexpensive means. And it’s quite exciting to be documenting the change as it’s taking place, and being part of it.”