The Search Is the Story: Practical Storytelling Workshop with Anush Babajanyan

Reflection through a window of a former House of Culture in Gladzor village, Armenia. The House of Culture is a journey through the inner lives of Soviet-era Culture Houses in villages of Armenia. These places that carry the memory of performance are left to slowly decay. This is what an insider becomes aware of. The […]

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 […]

Myanmar in Crisis

A group that included monks later identified as members of the ultranationalist “Patriotic Young Monks Union”, including Pyinnyawuntha, a well-known participant in the pro-military rallies, used metal bars to attack cars and their drivers that were blocking traffic as part of the civil disobedience campaign against military rule before taking refuge in the adjacent Shwe […]

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 […]

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2019: Kigali, Rwanda

Sarah Waiswa reviews student work at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. © Roger Anis Description The idea for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop came from a conversation held some time ago on the Lightstalkers website, an online gathering place for photojournalists and travelers. There were—and are—a host of wonderful workshops available; however, few provide […]

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 […]

Amplifying Student Voices

The government decided to reopen liquor shops in India to help boost the country’s economy a little–but those queuing for alcohol disregarded social distancing recommendation. There were long lines and crowds waiting to buy liquor. Mumbai, India. © Gautam Doshi Amplifying Student Voices was an education forum that started on April 20, 2020 for alumni […]

BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop

This program is organized by a partnership between the VII Academy and the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. Agenda Schedule Please click here to download an agenda for the first session.