KEVIN CASHA – BIOGRAPHICAL DATA
· Born on 5th January 1958, in Sliema.
· 1969 – 1972 – Started gaining a serious awareness of Art by studying painting and drawing at Secondary School under Antoine Camilleri.
Qualified in Art at Advanced GCE Level.
· 1974 – 1977 - studies at the Polytechnic under the guidance of well-known artists Esprit Barthet and Harry Alden.
· 1982 - Joins the Malta Photographic Society
· 1983 – Elected to the Malta Photographic Society’s Executive’s Committee.
· 1984 – Malta’s Junior Photographer of the Year.
First winner of the ‘Buontempo Award’– given for sustained high standard in general photography.
Appointed picture editor of the ‘Teacher’ Magazine.
· 1985 - Forms part of the Photographic Society’s
official delegation to the F.I.A.P. Congress in San Marino. Participates in various collective exhibitions, locally as well as overseas.
· 1986 – MPS Photographer of the Year.
Inaugurates his first personal exhibition ‘Images ‘86’ at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
· 1988 - awarded first in an NTOM National Photo competition.
Originates and organizes a Collective Exhibition in aid of the Social Assistance Secretariat at the Fine Arts. Takes up an Exhibition to Sicily entitled ‘Malta, Cosi Vicina, Cosi Diversa’.
· 1989 - Dunhill Photographic Competition – Gold MedalWinner.
Organizes second Exhibition in Pozzallo, Sicily, called ‘Immagini da Malta’.
- Opens a photographic outlet in Birkirkara and his own company, “Impact Photographic Services.”
· 1990 - Coordinates the first ‘Malta Photography Yearbook.
Collective Exhibition at the Foundation for International Studies – ‘Islands of the Mediterranean’.
Wins Gold and Silver Medals in an International Competition organized by the Universal Postal Union in France.
Is invited to judge the Blue Dolphin International Underwater Photography Competition.
· 1991 - His print, ‘Torn Apart’ is awarded ‘Best Human Element’ picture in the 15th Colour Print Biennial in Spain. A 160- page book, ‘Malta’ is published using exclusively his photographs.
Organizes a nationwide staff photographic exhibition for the Mid-Med Bank at the Chamber of Commerce.
Personal Exhibitions in Bastia and Nonza, Corsica.
Awarded MPS Photographer of the Year for the second time.
Launches ‘Impact Images Slide Bank’.
Made Vice-President of the ‘Centre Mediterranee de la Fotografie,’ a Corsican based photographic Association.
· 1992 - One man exhibition titled ‘In-Nicca’ at the Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, as part of Maltafest. The same exhibition is subsequently shown in the United States.
Leads the Maltese delegation to Pesaro for an official twinning of the Photographic Society and the Pesaro Federation.
· 1993 - Commences Photographic Training Courses at his Birkirkara Studio.
Wins the MPS Photographer of the Year for the third time.
Awarded two silver medals in the Dunhill Competition.
· 1994 - Helps run a TV series on Photography – ‘Ir-Ritratt’.
Awarded MPS Photographer of the Year for the fourth time.
Exhibition at the Manoel Theatre Vaults in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise.
Elected President of the Malta Photographic Society.
· 1996 - Resigns as president of the MPS due to pressure of work but is soon instrumental in launching the ‘Malta Institute of Professional Photography’ or MIPP, becoming its first Chairman.
The Institute, aimed at regulating and raising the standard of local professional photography, also provides a much-needed voice to the photographic business community. Under his guidance, the Government officially recognizes the MIPP.
The Local Council publishes a book on Birkirkara, exclusively using Casha’s photography.
Coordinates the ‘Malta Photographic Art Collection,’ a commemorative book published by the Malta Photographic Society.
· 1997 - Becomes the youngest person awarded the Malta
Photographic Society’s Honorary Life Membership, their highest accolade.
· 1998 - Gains the UK Licentiateship of the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Master Photographers Association.
One- man Photographic Exhibition and ‘Event’ at Studio Seven. The exhibition, ‘Kevin Casha – 15 Years of Photography’ breaks new ground and creates an innovative concept of bringing various art forms together.
Recognized in the first edition of “Maltese Biographies of the 20th Century."
· 1999 – his book ‘Malta’ is reprinted – the first run of 20,000 copies becoming exhausted.
Launches a search aimed at finding the best looking seven girls to feature in a high quality Calendar. Subsequently, “Face of Malta”, a nationwide competition is launched.
Given two ‘Awards of Excellence’ in the UK Master Photographer of the Year Portrait Awards.
· 2000 – a very busy year – moves to new premises at Qormi, in franchise with Agfa.
Acts as judge on the panel for the Malta International Colour Slide Biennial.
His photographs again illustrate three books, namely:
-‘Malta – its Archaeology and History’
-‘Maltese Food and Wine’ and
-‘The Restaurant Guide’
Gains the Associateship of the Malta Photographic Society, AMPA.
In his fourth year as chairman of the MIPP, is instrumental in organizing for the first time ‘Photofest 2000’ – a veritable feast of photography at the Malta International Trade Fair. An event aimed at creating an increased general awareness of local photography.
The MIPP launches its first qualification scheme intended at setting a higher standard of proficiency in local photography, on a par with European standards. He is one of the first to gain this award – The Associateship of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography, AMIPP.
·2001- Marks another milestone in Malta`s Photographic History, Kevin visits ‘Focus` in UK and is successful in securing the co-operation of the Master Photographers Association, one of the UK’s leading photographic bodies
An International Seminar in Rabat, Malta, is the outcome, with no less than
five of the MPA’s top personalities, including their President and CEO, attending the event.
It is also the first time that the MIPP holds Qualification Panels for all three categories, the LMIPP, AMIPP and FMIPP - a dream Kevin had always believed in. He also marked the event by gaining the MPA’s Associateship.
Kevin is also awarded the “Fashion Photographer of the Year” title in the Malta Fashion Awards.
·2002 - Is commissioned by German-based international advertising agency, “Ad-Perfect” to do the photography of two fashion collections. The shoot is held in Malta.
Obtains the highest Distinction of the MIPP – the Fellowship of the Malta Institute of Photography.
Is awarded “Honorary Life Membership of the MIPP”, thus becoming the only person who holds Honorary Life Membership in both the local Photographic Associations.
Publishes his own book “Reflections on Life”
·2003 – Is instrumental in bringing over to Malta the first International Congress of the Federation of European Photographers.
·2004 – Wins the first MIPP Malta Photographer of the Year Award.
Is also awarded the MIPP Award of Recognition for outstanding services rendered to local photography and the MIPP.
·2005 – Works for a month and a half in a Venture Portrait Studio in London. Lectures at the London Portrait Group.
Is appointed Technical Co-ordinator for the setting up of the National Picture Archive.
Finalises all the photography on another high quality publication – “The Knights of St John in Malta”.
·2006 – Top international photography magazine “La Fotografia Social” of Spain, features an in-depth article on his photography.
“Wines of Malta” is published entirely illustrated with his photographs.
·2007 – Retires from the MIPP presidency after ten years.
Lectures at the SWPP’s international convention in London. Member of the selection panel for the SWPP’s international photography competition.
New photographic publication on Malta co-ordinated by Casha, using his photographs as well as those of his students.