About Stories as Medicine:
Joshua Cogan is a photographer and Anthropologist whose work focuses on the intersection of culture and contemporary issues. He will be discussing how globalism, environmental devastation and disease create pressures on culturally margianalized groups and how those communities adapt to these forces. Over this past year he took several trips for the World Health Organization to explore issues surrounding how indigenous and Afro-communities are disproportionately affected by Neglected Infectious Diseases in Central and South America.
This topic also served an enormous turning point for how Cogan understood his own work. Realizing that his attraction to topics that contained suffering were an effort to heal things in a world that were apart of himself, drawn from an awareness that empathy is often created from pain. Stories that pertain to cultural loss, marginalization, and generational trauma become visible because of his own experience and exposure to them. In his talk he will explore how we can use stories as medicine, and how healing can occur through it for both subject and storyteller.
About the Photographer:
Joshua Cogan is an Emmy Award winning photographer and anthropologist whose work has taken him to 40 countries and 5 continents to produce his unique brand of ethnographic storytelling. Using his passion for culture, ecology and imagery, Cogan has consistently produced work across print, motion and web platforms. Recognition for those projects has come from standard bearers of journalism such as National Academy of Television and Sciences as well SXSW and Webby Awards for his partnerships creating new approaches of storytelling and cultural exchange. His most recent production, a feature length documentary of New Delhi’s last magicians ghetto “Tomorrow we Disappear” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs in Toronto. His projects have been widely published and exhibited.
Joshua specializes in telling stories of culture and transitions. Whether it be 10th generation Totem carvers from Alaska or hip hop pioneers in his hometown of DC. He looks to bring people closer to that which they see as "the other" through intimate and personal imagery. His Clients include the World Health Organization, The United Nations, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Puma, New Balance, MAC AIDS fund, ESPN, The New Yorker, HBO, The Discovery Channel and many others.