Grantee: VII Academy sup­ports Sirkhane Darkroom for Syrian Refugees

Written on March 29, 2020, post­ed in Grantee

Participants of Sirkhane Darkroom pos­ing with cam­eras dur­ing the work­shop. ©Serbest Salih

Presenter: Serbest Salih

In the Southeast of Turkey, a small mobile dark­room shines a light in the lives of chil­dren dis­placed by the Syrian con­flict. Run by pho­tog­ra­ph­er Serbest Salih, him­self a Syrian refugee, Sirkhane DARKROOM is a pho­tog­ra­phy school cur­rent­ly sit­u­at­ed in Mardin Istasyon, an imporver­ished neigh­bour­hood in the city of Nusaybin. The chil­dren in the pro­gram use inex­pen­sive com­pact film cam­eras to doc­u­ment their lives, and learn how to devel­op and print in the dark­room.

Review: Lecture: The Breakup: Photographs from 1991-2000

Written on January 21, 2020, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

A Serbian cou­ple kiss­es after the fall of Vukovar, Fall 1991. © Ron Haviv / VII

November 19, 2019
Presenters Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris

For the first time ever, pho­tog­ra­phers Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv spoke togeth­er about their images from the dis­so­lu­tion of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in con­ver­sa­tion by Image of War Zagreb Director Danilo Gregovic, the dis­cus­sion touched on some of the most famous images of the var­i­ous wars and the sto­ries behind them.

Review: Nature: Through Her Eyes Festival

Written on January 15, 2020, post­ed in News, Review

Eden Robinson and Bénédicte Meillon laugh dur­ing the pan­el dis­cus­sion “Writing Nature: From a Female POV—How it could save the world” on Sunday October 20, 2019 at the Nature: Through Her Eyes fes­ti­val. © Stephane Ferrer Yulianti

October 18-21, 2019
Perpignan, France

The Nature: Through Her Eyes fes­ti­val was held in October 2019 in Perpignan, France to cel­e­brate and cre­ate space for women’s accom­plish­ments in the field of nature sto­ry­telling, explor­ing what a fem­i­nine per­spec­tive means to women in their por­tray­al of nature. This fes­ti­val was a free event open to the pub­lic and sup­port­ed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of pan­elists from across the world.

Review: Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) Scholarships

Written on January 6, 2020, post­ed in News, Review

Four stu­dents attend­ed the Photo 1 pro­gram at DMJX dur­ing the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semes­ters with the sup­port of the Alexandra Boulat Grant and the Shahidul Alam Grant.

Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semes­ters

The VII Academy offers a num­ber of full-tuition schol­ar­ships for stu­dents to attend The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX). Four stu­dents attend­ed the Photo 1 pro­gram at DMJX dur­ing the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semes­ters with the sup­port of the VII Academy and the VII Foundation.

Review: P-CRC Balkan Diskurs Youth Correspondents Training 2019

Written on November 25, 2019, post­ed in News, Review

© Post-Conflict Research Center

With fund­ing from the VII Academy and the VII Foundation, and train­ing sup­port by VII Agency pho­tog­ra­phers Sara Terry and Maciek Nabrdalik, the Post-Conflict Research Center held its Balkan Diskurs Youth Correspondents Training in Sarajevo in May 2019 for nine­teen Bosnian youth par­tic­i­pants from thir­teen dif­fer­ent Bosnian cities.

Review: Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice Session 1

Written on November 13, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

Students and tutors of the Sarajevo Seminar for Documentary and Narrative Practice. From left to right: Zijah Gafić, Mitar Simkić, Anđela Petrovski, Imrana Kapetanović, Andrei Pungovschi, Nerma Sofić, Petra Slobodnjak, Aleksandar Slavković, Paul Lowe, Anastas Tarpanov, Armin Graca, Matjaz Rust, Sandra Juniči, Iza Štrumbelj Oblak, Hasnija Zulić, Marko Risović, Dimitris Rapakousis and Ana Paunković.

September 21-28, 2019
Lead Instructors: Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic

Sixteen stu­dents attend­ed the intro­duc­to­ry week of the multi-session train­ing pro­gram in inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism.

Review: Seeing The Light: Rangoon Streets

Written on November 6, 2019, post­ed in News, Review

Blenkinsop and Schwartz in Mawlamyinegyun, Irrawaddy Delta. October 2019

October 16-21, 2019
Instructors: Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz

In October 2019, ten young Burmese pho­tog­ra­phers roamed Yangon with instruc­tors Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz, who tutored them in the sub­tle art of street pho­tog­ra­phy.

Partner: USM Modular Furniture

Written on November 5, 2019, post­ed in News, Sarajevo

©Admir Švrakić

Thank you USM Switzerland for the chic and mod­ern office fur­ni­ture now installed in the VII Academy premis­es in Sarajevo!

The VII Academy thanks USM Modular Furniture for their gen­er­ous dona­tion to out­fit the Sarajevo cam­pus.

Check out the jour­ney from Switzerland to Bosnia where instal­la­tion was fin­ished in time for the Sarajevo cam­pus to open its doors to 15 stu­dents from the greater Balkan region.

Review: Human Stories: Finding the Personal

Written on October 20, 2019, post­ed in News, Review

Still from Betty Laura Zapata’s project dur­ing the work­shop “Human Stories”. Helmuth and Juana get ready to go out on Oct. 5, 2019 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Helmuth is a mem­ber of the Shanty cho­rus in Rotterdam. He attends and par­tic­i­pates in the choir every Tuesday. Juana reg­u­lar­ly accom­pa­nies Helmuth to his per­for­mances when feel­ing in good health. ©Betty Laura Zapata

October 1- 6, 2019
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tutors Ed Kashi and Ilvy Njiokiktjien

This six-day VII Photo Agency work­shop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands focused on teach­ing stu­dents how to tell visu­al sto­ries about the human con­di­tion.

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