Understanding Your Vision: A Workshop with Christopher Morris

Core Programs, Workshop in Sarajevo — November 26, 2019 until December 2, 2019

Join Christopher Morris as he takes you on a jour­ney through the his­toric ori­gins of jour­nal­is­tic and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy, from the begin­nings of pho­tog­ra­phy to the present.


Christopher Morris


7 days

Class size


Skill level

All levels


Citizens and res­i­dents of the fol­low­ing coun­tries are eli­gi­ble to apply for a schol­ar­ship: Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

Apply until

October 29, 2019


The VII Academy Sarajevo Campus

Ferhadija 25

Chechen fight­er flees the pres­i­den­tial palace. ©Christopher Morris / VII Photo

Join Christopher Morris as he takes you on a jour­ney through the his­toric ori­gins of pho­to­jour­nal­ism, from the begin­nings of pho­tog­ra­phy to the present. You’ll explore the work of pho­tog­ra­phers who became the true mas­ters of cap­tur­ing time. The week­long course will inspire you with a new­found under­stand­ing of author­ship and vision, and how com­po­si­tion and per­spec­tive ele­vate the images that have stood the test of time.

Contact sheet from Chechnya. ©Christopher Morris / VII Photo


Day 1: Morning: Lecture review­ing of the ori­gins of doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and its pro­gres­sion into mod­ern times.

Afternoon: Lecture exam­in­ing the work of mas­ter pho­tog­ra­phers from the 1920s to today, and high­light­ing their abil­i­ties to cre­ate time­less mas­ter­pieces; work that, in the end, stands the test of time and ris­es above the con­stant stream of images that we encounter today.

You’ll be asked to start con­tem­plat­ing options for the project that you’ll shoot dur­ing the work­shop.

Day 2: In group ses­sions, the class will review the work of each pho­tog­ra­ph­er and Christopher will give guid­ance on mov­ing for­ward.

Day 3: Morning: Continuation of group cri­tiques.

Afternoon: Group dis­cus­sion of the thought process in choos­ing a project to shoot dur­ing the work­shop. This could be work that you’ve have already begun, or some­thing com­plete­ly new. 

Day 4: Shoot day for stu­dents.

Christopher will be avail­able through­out the day and into the evening for indi­vid­ual meet­ings to give guid­ance on projects and inter­ests. This will pro­vide you with a more per­son­al dis­cus­sion of your work.

Day 5: Editing Day: You’ll present to the whole group for review and pre-editing. This process will high­light the impor­tance of the edit with sequenc­ing and post-production.

Day 6: Morning: Continuation of edit­ing and sequenc­ing of every­one’s projects.

Afternoon: The final pre­sen­ta­tion of all the com­plet­ed projects by the class.

Day 7: Morning: Marketing and dis­tri­b­u­tion of today’s sto­ry ideas and projects, with a look at the indus­try today.

Afternoon: Ethics and final class dis­cus­sion.



Christopher Morris

Apply now


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

Scholarship appli­ca­tion dead­line: October 29, 2019.

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