Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Ali Arkady for Native Arabic Speakers /
اكاديمية السابع ستُقدم دورة تدريبية مع المصور الصحفي علي اركادي لمدة ١٢ اسبوع للناطقين باللغة العربية في جميع انحاء العالم من يوم ٢٤ يوليو ٢٠٢٠ حتى ١٥ اكتوبر ٢٠٢٠

Date

July 24 2020-October 15, 2021

Duration
12 weeks
Class size
10
Scholarship eligibility
The VII Academy will offer scholarships to 10 native Arabic speakers who are citizens as well as residents of–or refugees from–majority world countries.
Additional info

Languages: This program will be conducted in Arabic.

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DESCRIPTION

Over a period of 12 weeks this interdisciplinary seminar will be led by photographer Ali Arkady and will be complemented with a series of presentations by leading industry professionals.

During the seminar, you’ll explore how to develop a lasting career in visual story telling, including conceiving, researching and planning story ideas. You’ll be exposed to confronting ethical challenges as you navigate the moral maze of documenting the lives of others.

Problem-solving photo assignments will help you to unlock ways to work intuitively, intellectually and emotionally, so that your photography becomes more instinctive, powerful and subtle.

Expect a transformative experience, where your current way of working will be challenged and refined through a series of one-on-one sessions, group sessions, and online live webinar lectures.

SEQUENCE

Each week will begin with a lecture on a relevant concept in photojournalism and documentary practice. This lecture will be given by the tutor photographer or a guest with high-level experience in the topic being discussed.

After this lecture, the tutor will brief you on the weekly assignment that you will have to work on. The assignments will represent key subjects and approaches in narrative photojournalism and documentary photography.

During the week, you will work individually to produce photographs within weekly deadlines.

At the end of the week, during the weekly feedback tutorials, you’ll present your work for discussion with tutors and other students. Each group member will learn from the feedbacks for each student’s body of work. Everyone is expected to contribute to the discussion about each student’s work. You will also be encouraged to work in pairs or small groups outside of the feedback tutorials to edit and critique each other’s work.

The first weeks are tightly structured with regular assignments and feedbacks on your work. In the second half of the program, you will begin to shoot short photo essays of a few images, building up towards a longer essay then a final extended project to be photographed and submitted at the end of the program.

You will need to identify and research ideas for these short and longer projects that should be local to you and allow for repeated access through the program. Find subjects that really fascinate you and make sure that you can get access to. The more engrossing you find the subjects you photograph, the better your pictures will be.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

This seminar will develop your ability to work on short photo essays in an editorial context. It will help you to:
* Respond professionally and creatively to photojournalistic briefs;
* Shoot single documentary pictures and picture stories or series;
* Edit your work;
* Work to a deadline;
* Professionally present yourself and your work to an editor;
* Develop the social skills needed to get access to people at work and leisure and get permission to photograph them;
* Understand the visual potential of ideas / situations you are researching.

ADAPTATIONS TO COVID-19

The tutor will adapt the program to the various COVID-19 lockdown situations that the participants are going through in their respective countries and communities.
Not knowing at this time who our students are, where they live, what their current situation is nor how their respective situations will evolve over the coming weeks and months, we have thought of various assignments and essays that can be developped in full consignment as well as in less rigid lockdown situations. Whatever the briefs, they will enable you to finish the seminar with the methodological and practical tools that we’ve promised to bring you.

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Scholarships

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for a VII Academy scholarship to attend this program should click on the button below. You must first register on Awardforce, then create an entry for this seminar by choosing “VII Academy” and then the name of this seminar.

Scholarship application deadline: July 10, 2020.

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Educators

Ali Arkady

Ali Arkady is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker from Khanaqin, Iraq. A graduate of Khanaqin Institute of Fine Art, he has been working as an independent photographer since 2006. In 2014 Ali joined VII Photo Agency as part of their VII Mentor Program.
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