Presented by VII Interactive
Project Development—Finding your Vision and Voice Masterclass with Ed Kashi & Julie Winokur

Partner Programs, Workshop in Online — May 15, 2020 until October 30, 2020

The goal of this work­shop, which will meet online, is to help you build a Passion Project–a long term project around an issue you are per­son­al­ly pas­sion­ate about. It will help you cre­ate a struc­ture to devel­op the project, teach you skills to make the con­tacts and net­work that would be nec­es­sary to car­ry out your plan, and over 6 months pro­vide feed­back and sup­port to accom­plish your goals as you work on your project.


Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur


24 weeks

Apply until

May 11, 2020

©Ed Kashi / VII
©Ed Kashi / VII


Apply now for a schol­ar­ship to attend this Masterclass led by VII Photo Agency’s Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. With this online work­shop, the par­tic­i­pants will learn from this dynam­ic team, who, over the past 25 years, have col­lab­o­rat­ed on major doc­u­men­tary projects look­ing at a wide range of issues such as aging, health­care, refugees, and immi­gra­tion.

With guid­ance and expert advice, your work will grow, and impor­tant­ly, you’ll learn how to pro­duce a long-term project from start to fin­ish. You’ll also learn the intri­ca­cies turn­ing your pas­sion into a work­able idea. You will learn research meth­ods, best prac­tices for gain­ing access and cre­at­ing trust with your con­tacts and sub­jects, and the impor­tance of com­mit­ment to one project. What’s impor­tant is clar­i­ty of pur­pose and set­ting achiev­able goals.

Working on per­son­al projects and long-term work is para­mount to devel­op­ing a more inti­mate prac­tice that will endure the tribu­la­tions of this pro­fes­sion; these kinds of projects also make you stand out.

With edi­to­r­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy chang­ing so dra­mat­i­cal­ly, there has nev­er been a greater need for a doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­ph­er to be able to put a per­son­al stamp on their work. In this mas­ter­class, there will be an empha­sis on help­ing stu­dents devel­op their per­son­al vision and unique styles.

For full sched­ule and course descrip­tion, please vis­it the Masterclass’s page on the VII Interactive web­site.

Okrika is a troubled area near Port Harcourt that has oil, refineries, pipelines and violence. Factional fighting is common here. Fishing is struggling, like in most of the delta, but was once the main source of employment.

Scenes of community life around the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum) pipelines that run directly through this community. ©Ed Kashi / VII
Okrika is a trou­bled area near Port Harcourt that has oil, refiner­ies, pipelines and vio­lence. Factional fight­ing is com­mon here. Fishing is strug­gling, like in most of the delta, but was once the main source of employ­ment. Scenes of com­mu­ni­ty life around the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum) pipelines that run direct­ly through this com­mu­ni­ty. ©Ed Kashi / VII


“While it is no mys­tery that Ed can cap­ture inspir­ing moments through his lens, it is his immense heart, gen­tle soul and sup­port­ive spir­it that make him such an amaz­ing teacher.  He tru­ly gets to know indi­vid­u­als he men­tors and offers a per­fect bal­ance of real, con­struc­tive feed­back, but also guid­ance to help his stu­dents reach their full poten­tial, even when it is beyond what they can see for them­selves.” – Amy Smith

“Ed Kashi is an inspir­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er and teacher, he stands out because of his human val­ues and sen­si­bil­i­ty which I con­sid­er the most impor­tant fac­tors for a doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­ph­er.” – André Novais

“I have tak­en two work­shops with Ed Kashi.  Not only is he an inspir­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er and great teacher, but he is an excep­tion­al human being who makes you want to get out there with your cam­era and do good things for oth­ers in this world.  As he has done.  And so nec­es­sary in these times…” – Rudi Dundas

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Scholarships are closed for entry.

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For those who wish to guar­an­tee them­selves a spot, you can par­tic­i­pate through a paid place­ment via the VII Interactive web­site.

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