Presented by VII Photo:
Human Stories: Finding the Personal

Partner Programs, Workshop in Rotterdam — October 1, 2019 until October 6, 2019

This 6-day work­shop will give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn how to tell visu­al sto­ries about the human con­di­tion.


Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien


6 Days

Class size


Skill level

All levels


None; open world­wide

Apply until

August 16, 2019

Participation via the VII Academy through 2 schol­ar­ships or through a paid place­ment via VII Photo web­site.


The Nederlands Fotomuseum

Las Palmas
Wilhelminakade 332
3072 AR Rotterdam (NLD)

You will share your work in an inti­mate ses­sion and learn about the many new ways we can tell visu­al sto­ries using the new means we have at our dis­pos­al, includ­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, motion, and sound. We will do both indi­vid­ual and group cri­tiques of what you shoot dur­ing the work­shop, but you will also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get feed­back on oth­er projects you might have ongo­ing. If you want to grow and devel­op your work to a new lev­el, this work­shop will change your life.

Photo by Ilvy Njiokiktjien / VII

There will be an empha­sis on help­ing stu­dents devel­op their per­son­al vision and unique styles. As Ed Kashi and Ilvy Njiokiktjien both spe­cial­ize in telling human sto­ries, they will share with you their unique visu­al styles and approach­es. They will show exam­ples of many per­son­al projects, com­mis­sions for NGOs and foun­da­tions, and their edi­to­r­i­al work for major pub­li­ca­tions. We will look at pho­tographs, mul­ti­me­dia, and short films. We will also invite a guest lec­tur­er who will explain more about how to get your sto­ry out there, and how to become entre­pre­neur­ial about your pho­tog­ra­phy.


Ed Kashi

“Photography has been a way to learn about the world and cre­ate sto­ries about peo­ple that reflect their lives in the light of dig­ni­ty and with com­pas­sion. In this work­shop, I’ll share my near­ly 40 years of expe­ri­ence pro­duc­ing long term doc­u­men­tary projects, long-form mag­a­zine sto­ries, and short doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing.”


Ilvy Njiokiktjien

“I want this work­shop to be a free space where you feel like you can share your pho­tos, ideas, dreams, and your doubts. I want this work­shop to be an inspi­ra­tional moment in your career. For me, it is most impor­tant to share my ideas and thoughts. While shar­ing these I hope you get inspired and will find a new way of telling the per­son­al sto­ry you want to tell.”


Day 1

Share your work and famil­iar­ize us with each oth­er, going over our per­son­al his­to­ry and goals in life and with our work. Viewing each student’s work. Goals of the work­shop.

Day 2

In the morn­ing it is time to shoot. At 1 pm, you will return to the room and Ed Kashi will present his work and talk about how he approach­es human sto­ries. In the after­noon it is time to con­tin­ue shoot­ing your own project.

Day 3

Shoot in the morn­ing and after­noon. Then return to the class­room at 11 am. Ilvy Njiokiktjien will show her work and talk about her per­son­al projects. Right after there will be time to down­load and edit the day’s work, and have dis­cus­sions on visu­al nar­ra­tive.

Day 4

Shoot in the morn­ing and after­noon. Then return to the class­room from 10 am to 3 pm to down­load and edit the day’s work, and have dis­cus­sions on your progress in your project.

Day 5

A guest lec­tur­er will come into the class­room to explain more about how to get your sto­ry out there, and how to become entre­pre­neur­ial about your pho­tog­ra­phy.

Day 6

Spend the whole day in the class­room edit­ing the week’s work to pre­pare a final pre­sen­ta­tion of 2-5 min­utes to be shared in a group cri­tique in the after­noon.


“During the last five years as work­ing as a free­lance pho­to­jour­nal­ist, I have attend­ed a wide vari­ety of work­shops and class­es try­ing to improve my abil­i­ties as a visu­al sto­ry­teller. One thing I have learned is that being an out­stand­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er has no direct cor­re­la­tion to one’s abil­i­ty to teach this skill to oth­ers. Some of the best cre­ators in the world are also some of the most dif­fi­cult to learn from.

Not so with Ed Kashi, who is as gift­ed an edu­ca­tor as he is a doc­u­men­tar­i­an. Patient, approach­able, and warm, learn­ing from Ed is more like being men­tored by a tal­ent­ed friend. While some work­shop envi­ron­ments can lead to stress and anx­i­ety over one’s future, Ed finds a way to bring out the best in his stu­dents in a sup­port­ive way.

Make no mis­take – a work­shop with Ed is not a time to be lazy or self-congratulatory. He will push you to pro­duce the best work that you’re capa­ble of, and makes no illu­sions about the dif­fi­cult nature of pro­fes­sion­al work as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Getting in a class­room with Ed will not be a walk in the park by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, but the chal­lenge will be one that you can leave feel­ing good about.”

— Luc Forsyth

“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

“Thank you [Ed] for being an inspi­ra­tional leader/teacher/artist and a sen­si­tive, car­ing, and hum­ble per­son. Thank you for your hon­est, truth­ful, pos­i­tive and encour­ag­ing teach­ing skills, com­ments and feed­back which empow­ered me both as a per­son and as an artist! Big thank you for shar­ing your ideas, per­cep­tions and your work and meth­ods with us. I am tru­ly grate­ful that I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend and par­tic­i­pate in your work­shop!”

— Student, Visual Storytelling, July 2019 work­shop in Paris

“I must say, I was blessed to attend Ilvy’s speech as part of the “Holland meets Bangalore” pro­gram held in Bangalore, India. Her speech was crisp but it was very infor­ma­tive and full of pos­i­tive vibes which moti­vat­ed me to think dif­fer­ent­ly. Since then I start­ed fol­low­ing her work and every post on social media and tak­ing her help to get my work reviewed. Most impor­tant­ly she is very hum­ble, down to earth soul and ready to help oth­ers who want to learn the art of sto­ry­telling.”

— Sayan Hazra

Apply now


Eligible appli­cants who wish to be con­sid­ered for a VII Academy schol­ar­ship should com­plete the appli­ca­tion form linked below.

Requirements: None; open world­wide.
Scholarship appli­ca­tion dead­line: August 16, 2019.

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Participation through a paid place­ment via VII Photo web­site.

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