Filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, Ed Kashi, will discuss their 30 year collaboration and the winding path that led to the creation of Talking Eyes Media. Their first project together, composed of text and stills, was about Cairo’s City of the Dead and was produced before they were married. It was published in magazines before they had added video to their creative toolkit. The couple will discuss the Aging in America project which marked their launch into multimedia and led to the founding of Talking Eyes Media. They will detail their rationale for establishing a nonprofit with a broader mission and how it serves their common vision. They will also discuss other projects including Sandwich Generation, Photojournalisms, Newest Americans, Bring It to The Table, and their ongoing examination of climate change on laborers.
Then Julie and Ed will tackle the question most asked of them: How does a creative couple with complimentary skillsets work together, balance work, life, and family, navigate the challenges of a working mother with a mate who travels incessantly, run a nonprofit, and find a way to make client work compliment personal projects?
Dallas Center for Photography is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, Julie Winokur has been a storyteller for over two decades, first as a magazine writer and then as a documentary filmmaker. She launched Talking Eyes in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, the Documentary Channel, MediaStorm, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and MSNBC.com. Beyond broadcast and publication, Winokur works extensively with nonprofit organizations to develop their messages and put Talking Eyes’ films to work at the grassroots level. She has been a National Geographic Explorer and served on the faculty of Rutgers University-Newark and the International Center of Photography in New York.
Ed Kashi is a renowned photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who has been making images and telling stories for 40 years. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, CommArts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. His editorial assignments and personal projects have generated nine books. Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.