Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 1
Seminar in Sarajevo — September 21, 2019 until September 28, 2019
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 dedicated to young professional photographers from the wider Balkan region.
Session 1: September 21–28, 2019
Session 2: January 5–12, 2020
Session 3: April 4–10, 2020
Includes 100 hours of tuition, with online lessons and tutorials in between sessions.
Over a period of nine months this interdisciplinary seminar will be led by instructors Dr. Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic and will be complemented with a series of sessions by leading journalists, designers, writers, editors and photographers.
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 and moral challenges as you navigate the moral maze of documenting the lives of others. Developing a successful long-term business practice is one of the priorities of the Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice, so that by the end, you’ll thrive as a successful practitioner in ever-shifting media landscape.
You’ll also learn when and how to include verbal and text-based storytelling and multimedia as part of your visual work. 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 culminating with a group exhibition.
No similar course exists in the wider Balkan region. This seminar will offer young professionals an opportunity to attend a structured long-term course in visual documentary practice, visual journalism and related business practices. It will enable professional photographers the opportunity to study near their homes and give them the tools necessary to compete in the international market.
The Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice is structured as a combination of three weeklong sessions spread through a nine-month period at the VII Academy’s modern teaching facility in Sarajevo. It will be led by Ziyah Gafic, Dr Paul Lowe and an additional nine lecturers from around the world. In between sessions, Paul and Ziyah will host 100 hours of online teaching in our virtual classroom, where participants will be tutored by the course leaders and guest lecturers, and taught various photographic techniques and research skills as well as the history of photojournalism and documentary practice.
The VII Academy will offer scholarship to fifteen participants from the following countries: Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.