Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 2

Core Programs, Seminar in Sarajevo — January 13, 2020 until January 17, 2020

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. The sec­ond ses­sion will run from January 13th to January 17th.


Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic


3 week-long ses­sions over 9 months

Class size



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.


©Justin McKie
©Justin McKie

Dr. Paul Lowe

©Justin McKie
©Justin McKie

Ziyah Gafic



Aida Čerkez


Dragan Bursać


Marko Drobnjaković


Sandra Vitaljić


Bojan Hadžihalilović


Senad Pećanin


Ron Haviv


Gary Knight

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