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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.

Review: Berlin Night, Berlin Light: Exploring the Personal in Photography

Written on September 30, 2019, post­ed in Review

©Jiraporn Kuhakan

September 2-7, 2019
Berlin, Germany
Instructors: Linda Bournane Engelberth & Danny Wilcox Frazier

This five-day VII Photo Agency work­shop, led by Danny Wilcox Frazier and Linda Bournane Engelberth, was set in the his­toric metrop­o­lis of Berlin, a dra­mat­ic set­ting for stu­dents to explore the emo­tion­al land­scape of this sto­ried city. The work­shop taught par­tic­i­pants a new approach to their work, one root­ed in per­son­al con­nec­tion and emo­tion­al con­tent.

Preview: Our next events

Written on September 23, 2019, post­ed in Preview

VII Academy offers a wide vari­ety of dynam­ic and inten­sive edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent regions with a diverse group of pho­tog­ra­phers. We are pleased to pro­vide a lit­tle sneak peek on upcom­ing pro­grams:

Pacific Islands Masterclass, June 2020
VII In Arles, July 2020
VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Photograph, 2020

Review: No Man’s Land: A Workshop for Women

Written on September 23, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

Part of “Portrait of Sarajevo”. ©Anna Psaroudakis

May 9 – 11, 2019,
Instructors: Nichole Sobecki, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Sara Terry

In this spe­cial work­shop that took place dur­ing “VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image”, Sara Terry, Nichole Sobecki and Linda Bournane Engelberth worked with twenty-one women pho­tog­ra­phers to ele­vate their work to the next lev­el by high­light­ing women’s unique per­spec­tives. Spanning three days and aimed at com­mit­ted visu­al jour­nal­ist and artists, the work­shop was entire­ly free to cho­sen par­tic­i­pants. The group facil­i­tat­ed dis­cus­sions on the chal­lenges fac­ing female pho­to­jour­nal­ists and how to over­come them to carve out careers in this demand­ing indus­try, advice on pro­fes­sion­al net­work­ing, how to edit port­fo­lios, and strate­gies for find­ing and cre­at­ing paid work.

Review: Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

Written on September 19, 2019, post­ed in Review

Image by Foundry 2019 stu­dent Adetona Omokanye

August 11 – 17, 2019
Kigali, Rwanda

In Kigali, Rwanda, from August 11th to the 17th, 2019, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop brought togeth­er stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als from across Africa. Foundry is a project of the VII Academy work­ing in part­ner­ship with PhotoWings, and seeks to inspire and edu­cate future gen­er­a­tions of men and women to address impor­tant issues through the medi­um of pho­tog­ra­phy. In 2019, Foundry came to the heart of Africa and invit­ed pho­tog­ra­phers from across the con­ti­nent and beyond to a week of inspi­ra­tion and edu­ca­tion. Over sev­en­ty stu­dents received full or par­tial schol­ar­ships to attend the work­shop.

Review: The Life That Remains – Photographing America’s Rural Spaces

Written on September 19, 2019, post­ed in Review

From the pho­toes­say, “México to Mexico,” a project by Hector Guerrero. ©Hector Guerrero

June 15 – 21, 2019
Mexico, Missouri
Instructor: Danny Wilcox Frazier

The VII Academy invit­ed eight pho­tog­ra­phers with strong con­nec­tions and com­mit­ment to rur­al issues, both in and out­side of the United States, to join Danny Wilcox Frazier for a doc­u­men­tary work­shop in small-town America. The week­long pro­gram was tuition-free and fund­ed by the VII Academy to sup­port pho­tog­ra­phers from low-income com­mu­ni­ties as well as those work­ing on issues about under­rep­re­sent­ed pop­u­la­tions. The work­shop was lim­it­ed to eight pho­tog­ra­phers.

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