Presented by VII Interactive
The Original Masterclass with Stefano De Luigi & Maciek Nabrdalik

Project, Workshop in Online — May 16, 2020 until August 8, 2020

The VII Masterclass is one of the most ambi­tious and exhaus­tive train­ing pro­grams avail­able. It aims to devel­op and con­sol­i­date new tal­ent in doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and pho­to­jour­nal­ism over a peri­od of three months. It is struc­tured around three sem­i­nars with work­shop ses­sions and mul­ti­ple one-on-one inter­ac­tions woven in between. The prin­ci­pal objec­tive of this Masterclass is to allow time for progress to devel­op, and for the long-term struc­ture to have a last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to your pro­fes­sion­al train­ing.

Instructors

Stefano de Luigi, Maciek Nabrdalik

Duration

12 weeks

Apply until

May 11, 2020

Details:

Group pre­sen­ta­tion lan­guage: English

One-on-one lan­guages: English, Italian, French, or Polish

Farmers in Straholesie, Chernobyl region, Ukraine. ©Maciek Nabrdalik / VII
Farmers in Straholesie, Chernobyl region, Ukraine. ©Maciek Nabrdalik / VII

Description

Apply now to receive a schol­ar­ship to take part in The Original Masterclass (this time held online), a long-form course based around three, two-day inter­ac­tive group sem­i­nar ses­sions inter­spersed by two long inter­ac­tive work­shop ses­sions. This course includes group sem­i­nars with the tutors, one-on-one tuto­ri­als, and lec­tures by promi­nent guests.

VII Masterclass is one of the most ambi­tious and exhaus­tive train­ing pro­grams avail­able. It aims to devel­op and con­sol­i­date new tal­ent in doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and pho­to­jour­nal­ism over a peri­od of three months. It is struc­tured around three sem­i­nars with work­shop ses­sions and mul­ti­ple one-on-one inter­ac­tions woven in between. The prin­ci­pal objec­tive of this Masterclass is to allow time for progress to devel­op, and for the long-term struc­ture to have a last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to your pro­fes­sion­al train­ing. During each Masterclass, the tutors will invite inter­na­tion­al pho­tog­ra­phy pro­fes­sion­als, includ­ing crit­ics, pho­to edi­tors, and fes­ti­val direc­tors, to present and cri­tique your work.

The course guests include VII pho­tog­ra­phers and oth­er inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned pro­fes­sion­als.

Building on the unique and inde­pen­dent iden­ti­ty of the agency, the VII Masterclass offers you an exten­sive and can­did view of the pho­to­graph­ic indus­try as a whole. Meeting pho­tog­ra­phers from out­side the agency, inves­ti­gat­ing new plat­forms for image shar­ing, read­ings, and learn­ing about their edi­to­r­i­al choic­es are all ele­ments that con­tribute to mak­ing the VII Masterclass.

For a full sched­ule of this work­shop, please vis­it this pro­gram’s page on VII Photo Agency’s web­site.

 

Giraffe killed by the draught in WAJIR area, in the northeastern province, Kenya, October 2009. ©Stefano De Luigi / VII
Giraffe killed by the draught in WAJIR area, in the north­east­ern province, Kenya, October 2009. ©Stefano De Luigi / VII
A young woman living in Juba Landfill, shot as part of a project for the Italian NGO CESVI that aims to improve the quality of security and pollution standards. Southern Sudan, October/November 2010. ©Stefano De Luigi / VII
A young woman liv­ing in Juba Landfill, shot as part of a project for the Italian NGO CESVI that aims to improve the qual­i­ty of secu­ri­ty and pol­lu­tion stan­dards. Southern Sudan, October/November 2010. ©Stefano De Luigi / VII

Testimonials

Clea Rekhou: “The VII Masterclass has been for me the most insight­ful expe­ri­ence about doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy. It has allowed me to learn from inspir­ing mas­ters and men­tors so that I could push my bound­aries fur­ther. It taught me about “own­ing” my projects as much as dis­cov­er­ing the pro­fes­sion­al aspects of doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy. The mas­ter­class is at the same time very con­crete, prag­mat­ic and con­cep­tu­al, philo­soph­i­cal. I met also many inspir­ing ‘class­mates’ who also very inspir­ing, inven­tive and touch­ing. Thanks to all the mas­ters for invest­ing in new voic­es. Thank you Stefano! Thank you Maciek!”

Sandra Buschow: “The mas­ter­class was such an intense time for me and I am so grate­ful for what I expe­ri­enced dur­ing this last year – it was so emo­tion­al. I went to Warsaw with an idea for a project and I got back to Berlin with an inspi­ra­tion for a very per­son­al and inti­mate sto­ry which was a total­ly dif­fer­ent thing! Thank you for this chal­lenge that entered my life so unex­pect­ed­ly! Above all, I would like to thank my men­tor Maggie Steber who brought my sto­ry to the fore­ground. I would also like to express my deep grat­i­tude to the lec­tur­ers, to Stefano, and to Maciek. It was any­thing but a com­fort­able jour­ney for me but you have pro­vid­ed a space for my sto­ry to evolve in pho­to­graph­ic expres­sion. I am still pro­cess­ing the feed­back and the effects of the exten­sive lec­tures, I have learned so much and I am just real­iz­ing the long-lasting impres­sion of all the content-related dis­cus­sions. Over time, some rela­tions have turned into deep friend­ships and I have spent an intense and fruit­ful time with my new friends. With all the con­se­quences and with­out the blink of an eye, I would do this mas­ter­class again. The most beau­ti­ful thing to me is that the over­all top­ic was pas­sion: the pas­sion for a sto­ry and pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy! And if you ask me, it’s this is what real­ly counts.”

Yulia Grigoryants: “Coming from Armenia, a small coun­try which today doesn’t pro­vide almost any school or course for young pho­tog­ra­phers, VII Masterclass in Warsaw was a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for me. It was a great chance to learn from pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers and spe­cial­ists, who shared their expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge with us. It was a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn and it, basi­cal­ly, opened my eyes.
What is great is that this is not a one-time Masterclass, but a long-term pro­gram, that facil­i­tates build­ing stronger bonds between the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and the sub­ject and of course between par­tic­i­pants and the pro­fes­sion­als. The Masterclass gave me an invalu­able and enrich­ing expe­ri­ence, which I will be able to car­ry with me through­out my career. I am deeply thank­ful to my men­tor Maggie Steber who con­tin­ues to men­tor my project and me even after the work­shop, giv­ing me moti­va­tion and pow­er to pur­sue and make the project deep­er.”

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Stefano De Luigi

Stefano De Luigi (Cologne, 1964) Italian. Lives in Paris where he start­ed his career work­ing for Louvre Museum as pho­tog­ra­ph­er. He has pub­lished four books: Pornoland (Thames & Hudson, 2004), Blanco (Trolley, 2010), iDyssey (Bessard Edition, 2017), and Babel (Postcart 2018). Among oth­er awards, Stefano De Luigi won World Press Photo four times, the Getty Grant for edi­to­r­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy and Days Japan.

He works with sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al pub­li­ca­tions such as New Yorker, Geo, Paris Match, and Stern. He has exhib­it­ed his work in New York, Washington, Paris, Geneva, Rome, London, Istanbul, and Athens.

Stefano De Luigi is a mem­ber of VII Agency since 2008.

Maciek Nabrdalik

Maciek Nabrdalik is a Warsaw-based doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­ph­er and a mem­ber of the VII Agency since 2009. His pri­ma­ry focus is on soci­o­log­i­cal changes in Eastern Europe. Maciek’s awards include hon­ors from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA The Best of Photojournalism, and mul­ti­ple awards in his native Poland.

Nabrdalik’s project on German Nazi camp sur­vivors world­wide was pub­lished as a book, called The Irreversible in 2013. His sec­ond book, Homesick, sum­ma­rizes his long-term project chron­i­cling the con­se­quences of the Chernobyl dis­as­ter and was pub­lished in 2016.

Nabrdalik was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University 2016/2017. His work has been exhib­it­ed and pub­lished inter­na­tion­al­ly.

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Scholarships

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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