This fall, we part­nered with the Bronx Documentary Center in order to reach young adults who showed promise in the BDC’s pro­grams and who want­ed to extend their jour­nal­ism train­ing. The Bronx Documentary Center pro­vides free edu­ca­tion pro­grams for mid­dle and high school stu­dents as well as a pro­fes­sion­al edu­ca­tion pro­gram for his­tor­i­cal­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed adult…

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Scholarship win­ner Mushfiq Mahbub Turjo defines him­self as an artist and image mak­er who likes to com­bine pho­tog­ra­phy, col­lage and paint­ing. After grad­u­at­ing with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Turjo attend­ed a 3-year pho­tog­ra­phy pro­gram at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, and then stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy at the Danish School of Media and…

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When the VII Academy approached Ben Bohane to gath­er togeth­er a cohort of indige­nous Pacific island pho­tog­ra­phers and stu­dents, he was enthu­si­as­tic to help train and net­work them so they could start telling their own sto­ries to a region­al and glob­al audi­ence. With the arrival of smart phones and Facebook, many Pacific islanders are engag­ing…

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In ear­ly 2019, VII Academy founder Gary Knight and wildlife cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er and pro­duc­er Jacqueline Farmer began dis­cussing the inequities women face in the media indus­try, par­tic­u­lar­ly in sto­ry­telling and art that por­trays the nat­ur­al world. They want­ed to cre­ate a space for women to feel uplift­ed in this field and gain the resources and tools…

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Spring 2020 In 2020, the Photojournalism Department from the Danish School of Media and Journalism select­ed Solmaz Daryani (Iran) and Sabry Khaled (Egypt) to receive schol­ar­ships ful­ly fund­ed by the VII Foundation and the VII Academy to study at their Photo I pro­gram for the Spring 2020 semes­ter. Solmaz Daryani and Sabry Khaled were select­ed…

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P-CRC orga­nized an inter­ac­tive, mul­ti­me­dia train­ing pro­gram focused on cul­ti­vat­ing par­tic­i­pants’ skills in inves­tiga­tive and cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism tech­niques. These includ­ed basic report­ing skills and pho­tog­ra­phy tech­niques, instruc­tion in con­duct­ing inter­views and iden­ti­fy­ing and ver­i­fy­ing sources and advice on how to work in a safe, respon­si­ble and eth­i­cal man­ner. One of the pri­ma­ry goals of this…

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Schwartz reload­ing under Pathein bananas. Oct 2019 © Philip Blenkinsop / VII The aim of the work­shop, sup­port­ed by Myanmar Deitta and the VII Academy, was to intro­duce the par­tic­i­pants to the dis­ci­pline of street pho­tog­ra­phy and involved a mix of shoot­ing ses­sions, in-depth the­o­ry, with par­tic­u­lar atten­tion paid to the analy­sis of the late…

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Telling per­son­al sto­ries and con­nect­ing with the human ele­ment is what draws many peo­ple into pho­tog­ra­phy in the first place, but telling per­son­al sto­ries can be dif­fi­cult. In this work­shop, stu­dents strength­ened their per­son­al visions and worked on an ongo­ing or new project. They shared their work in inti­mate ses­sions and learned about the many…

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This was the sec­ond edi­tion of Kuma International Summer School, with this year’s pro­gram­ming focus­ing on con­tem­po­rary art pro­duc­tion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and how artists from the region have dis­cussed and dealt with the polit­i­cal cli­mate of the 1990s. Students par­tic­i­pat­ed in gallery and stu­dio vis­its, muse­um tours and engag­ing dis­cus­sions with artists and…

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Between July 8 and 13, the Post-Conflict Research Center (P-CRC) and WARM Foundation orga­nized a dynam­ic event for men and women from all over the Balkan region and the world.  Over four days the Festival includ­ed six film pre­mieres, two exhi­bi­tion open­ings and ten edu­ca­tion­al events, pan­el ses­sions, and keynote speech­es. Over the course of…

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Chobi Mela was the first fes­ti­val of pho­tog­ra­phy in Asia, ini­ti­at­ed in in December 2000-January 2001 by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. It is one of the most demo­graph­i­cal­ly inclu­sive pho­to fes­ti­vals in the world and has been the most sig­nif­i­cant pho­to­graph­ic event in Asia, held every two years in Dhaka,…

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One of the best ways to learn any skill is by observ­ing mas­ter prac­ti­tion­ers at work. That was the rea­son­ing behind offer­ing such this inti­mate work­shop expe­ri­ence; to ensure that par­tic­i­pants had the invalu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to observe Daniel Schwartz and Philip Blenkinsop, sea­soned expo­nents of their art, at work in the field. The abil­i­ty to pre-empt…

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