Myanmar in Crisis

Written on March 31, 2021, post­ed in News

A group that includ­ed monks lat­er iden­ti­fied as mem­bers of the ultra­na­tion­al­ist “Patriotic Young Monks Union”, includ­ing Pyinnyawuntha, a well-known par­tic­i­pant in the pro-military ral­lies, used used met­al bars to attack cars and their dri­vers that were block­ing traf­fic as part of the civ­il dis­obe­di­ence cam­paign against mil­i­tary rule before tak­ing refuge in the adja­cent Shwe Kyin monastery. Residents gath­ered out­side to demand action against the attack­ers are seen here wel­com­ing the arrival of the police. Yangon, Myanmar, February 18, 2021. Photo: © H.K.A.

A new doc­u­men­tary project curat­ed by Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz high­lights the ongo­ing plight of the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion of Myanmar through the eyes of Burmese VII Academy alumni–brave and self­less indi­vid­u­als who con­tin­ue to risk their lives to doc­u­ment the “Peoples’ Revolution”. (Featured image ©H.K.A.)

Nature Through Her Eyes Festival Works to Change an Industry

Written on March 4, 2021, post­ed in News

Tanzanian film­mak­er Erica Francis Rugabandana is pic­tured work­ing in the field with cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er Justine Evans. Image cour­tesy of Vanessa Berlowitz.

Issues exam­ined by pan­elists and atten­dees of the event are now being addressed in the male-dominated world of nat­ur­al his­to­ry film­mak­ing.

Dispatches in Exile: Amplifying the Voices of Migrants and Refugees

Written on February 12, 2021, post­ed in News

An afghan refugee is seen rest­ing near Bihać, north­west­ern Bosnia after being pushed back by Croatian police. ©Ziyah Gafic/VII

Over the next twelve months, in part­ner­ship with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bosnia and Herzegovina, VII Academy train­ers will teach the basic prin­ci­ples of jour­nal­ism and media pro­duc­tion includ­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, time-based media, ethics and nar­ra­tive sto­ry­telling to a group of about 60 men and women from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Temporary Reception Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

VII Academy part­ners with the YMCA of Greater Boston

Written on January 14, 2021, post­ed in News

Family Album Project. ©Carly Paul

The VII Academy is excit­ed to announce its first pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the YMCA Boston.

Project Development: Photography with a Purpose with Myanmar Deitta

Written on January 7, 2021, post­ed in Preview

For two weeks in January, Philip Blenkinsop, Linda Bournane-Engelberth and Nicole Tung will be work­ing with 15 early-career pho­tog­ra­phers from Myanmar, look­ing at the devel­op­ment of pho­to­graph­ic projects with mean­ing and pur­pose.

Youth Program with the Bronx Documentary Center

Written on October 30, 2020, post­ed in News

Ashley Gilbertson of VII Photo teach­ing at the Bronx Documentary Center. ©Michael Kamber for the Bronx Documentary Center

Bronx Documentary Center
Fall 2020

Most of our pro­grams at the VII Academy are aimed at visu­al jour­nal­ists who are either embark­ing on their career or who work in the media already but need the boost a more for­mal edu­ca­tion can pro­vide. However, this autumn we’re reach­ing out to a new group of young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with a com­mit­ment to pho­to­jour­nal­ism, with the goal of engag­ing them with the inte­gral skills of jour­nal­ism and ethics.

The William Gross and Jennifer Stengaard Gross Scholarship

Written on August 5, 2020, post­ed in News

From the project, “Mother Died and Time Passed.” ©Mushfiq Mahbub Turjo

October 2020 - July, 2022

Since last year the VII Academy has pro­vid­ed The William Gross and Jennifer Stengaard Gross Scholarship for a high-achieving pho­tog­ra­ph­er from the major­i­ty world to attend the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC, University of London Arts). The first schol­ar­ship for the aca­d­e­m­ic years run­ning from October 2019 to July 2021 was grant­ed to Mushfiq Mahbub Turjo, an out­stand­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photographers can apply until September 11th, 2020 for this year’s schol­ar­ship.

The Srebrenica 2020 instal­la­tion pre­sent­ed by The VII Academy and The VII Foundation

Written on July 13, 2020, post­ed in News

©Ziyah Gafic / VII.

July 11, 2020
Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Srebrenica 2020 instal­la­tion at the Srebrenica Memorial Center opened on the 25th anniver­sary of the geno­cide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The new exhib­it, pre­sent­ed by the VII Academy and The VII Foundation, aims to con­tex­tu­al­ize the events that took place in Srebrenica in July 1995.

The VII Academy’s first sem­i­nar under­way for indige­nous Pacific Islanders

Written on July 2, 2020, post­ed in News

Climate change: Chief of Piul island sits on the trunk of a coconut tree which he said used to be the shore­line when he was grow­ing up. Carteret Atolls, Papua New Guinea, 2009. © Ben Bohane

The VII Academy has been plan­ning an in-person sem­i­nar for Pacific Islanders for some time, but logis­tics for trav­el across the Pacific region proved cost­ly in both mon­e­tary and eth­i­cal terms–how could we bring 14 stu­dents from across the Pacific togeth­er with­out burn­ing tonnes of jet fuel? As COVID-19 trav­el restric­tions forced the VII Academy to move online, it was an oppor­tune moment to launch our first sem­i­nar for indige­nous Pacific Islanders.

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