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Letters to a Loved One: Photojournalisms by Ed Kashi

on October 23, 2012

Photojournalisms is an audio slideshow created by Ed Kashi, a traveling photojournalist. The audio is a collection of excerpts from the letters he has written to his wife, about his travels, over the past 20 years.

Kashi started the audio slideshow by quoting random words or sentences from his letters. One of the most powerful things he says as the beginning is, “Constant state of flux, suspended between two worlds.” I believe those two worlds reference his life at home with his family, and his life photographing the rest of the world, for half the days of the year.

During the bulk of the story, Kashi tells his wife about the different places he has been. This includes his struggles, accomplishments, and above all, how he misses home. He realizes how much of his children’s lives he has missed.

He ends with accepting that he must pick himself up and continue on. In reality, he is still traveling away from his family, writing letters. Therefore, the amount of closure to the story would not be complete.

The first two shots are of an airport. This is significant, and works as an opener for the story, because of how much he has to travel.



The last image is of Kashi holding his camera phone to a mirror, which is covered in graffiti. Throughout the slideshow, he occasionally showed a photo of himself or his family. Showing a photo of himself, in the end, keeps consistent with the rest of the story. It was important for him to use photos of himself, because the story is about him.


The photos in Photojournalisms are very real, depicting people from all over the world. There were photos showing blood and even a couple photos with deceased people in them. The photos showed the variety of cultures he explored. When choosing photos to display, Kashi chose a good variety of shots, such as mediums, close ups, and scene setters.

As the photos transitioned from one to another, they faded in and out, panned from side to side, turned slowly, and zoomed in. There was also an effect, where several photos were used quickly in a row to appear in a video fashion. The audio music is also times well with the photos.

The pacing of the audio to photos was nice, because it kept the viewers interest and did not lose them.

Photojournalisms contained three different types of sounds.

As discussed in class, it is usually best to open with natural sound. There was one instance where a natural sound was used. This was at the very beginning, which was the sound of an airplane. The sound went along with the first photos of the slideshow, which were of an airport.

Ed Kashi narrated the entire audio slideshow. There were no other voices used.

Another type of sound his slideshow uses well is music. Music is almost playing at all times. I think the music was edited into the piece well. While Kashi is speaking, the music is at a light level, which lets us fully understand what he is saying. The type of music used honors the sad and unsettled mood that the slideshow has.

Something that could have been different was the use of captions. There were no captions in the slideshow to any of the photos. One thing that was used was a title screen for each photo section, to show what country he was going to talk about.

If this was my slideshow, that is something that I would have changed.

As discussed in class, there are characteristics an audio slideshow should follow. The slideshow was narrative, with the photos and audio working well together, with deliberate editing. The slideshow also opened with a title screen and closed with the credits.

All the parts of Photojournalisms, by Ed Kashi, worked well together. Everything was timed and edited together perfectly. When combining this, with a compelling storyline, you cannot go wrong.


3 responses to “Letters to a Loved One: Photojournalisms by Ed Kashi

  1. I think this is a great post! I love that you used screenshots of the videos. It made the blog very powerful and showed great examples of the video without seeing them. The writing also flows very well!

  2. I like that you used screenshots of the slideshow. But I think you should have broken up the text with bullet points or different sections to make it easier to read. Good job overall though!

  3. domtomol says:

    Very nicely orchestrated from the standpoint that you are showing and telling us about his work. A nice addition to what we did in class!

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