Documentary Practice Masterclass, Dokufest Prizren

©Ron Haviv / VII Led by VII Photo Agency photographers Ron Haviv and Paul Lowe, this two day masterclass will explore how to research, plan, produce, edit and present an extended photo essay / documentary photography or film project.  It will also explore and critically evaluate the ethical concerns relating to documentary representation, sources of funding […]

VII Mentor Program

Photo by Ali Arkady. VII Emeritus (former VII Mentee). A portrait of four children on a donkey near the brick factories in Najaf, Iraq, July 24, 2013. The VII Mentor Program is calling for new applications. The first program of its kind, it has developed some of the brightest new talents in photojournalism since it […]

Young Achievers Photography Program

Family Album Project. ©Carly Paul The VII Academy is excited to announce its first program in collaboration with the YMCA of Greater Boston. The initiative supports twenty high school students who are enrolled in the YMCA Young Achievers program and who come from some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the city. The students have […]

Dispatches in Exile

Still Life in Ušivak temporary reception center. ©Ramin Ahmadi Over the next twelve months, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bosnia and Herzegovina, VII Academy trainers will teach the basic principles of journalism, and media production including photography, time-based media, ethics and narrative storytelling to a group of about 60 men and […]

New Waves of Documentary, Practice as Research

A nine month mentorship program by the VII Academy and Pathshala South Asia Media Institute for emerging photographers from the region of South Asia. Research plays a critical role in photographic practice and is especially important while doing personal, intimate, and investigative works. The program for nine participants will begin from the preliminary framing of […]

Words and Pictures: The Art of Writing Project Statements and Grant Proposals

Liliesleaf Farm, Johannesburg, Gauteng from the chapter “Landscapes from Nelson Mandela’s South Africa” of the book “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons From Africa.” In the early 1960s, Liliesleaf Farm was secretly used by members of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela, who lived at the farm under the assumed name of David Motsamayi, as a worker in […]