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.

Review: After the Image 2019

Written on September 19, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

Philip Blenkinsop: Daniel Schwartz in dis­cus­sion with stu­dents from “After the Image 2019”. ©Philip Blenkinsop / VII

This three-day “After the Image” work­shop with VII Photo Agency’s Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz in Sarajevo addressed the crit­i­cal peri­od between the end of a pho­to­graph­ic project and the moment when a design­er genius embarks on squeez­ing your images and vision into a book that will nei­ther make you proud nor rich, or when an artist-turned-curator hijacks them to illus­trate his agen­da. In oth­er words, the peri­od when you need to exer­cise an author’s author­i­ty but still want to lis­ten to those with expe­ri­ence in mak­ing books and exhi­bi­tions. Generally, it is a peri­od marked by men­tal exhaus­tion, self-doubt, and dis­ap­point­ment. Nothing you had envis­aged in the field seems to work on pages or walls.

Review: VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image 2019

Written on September 19, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

VII Photo Agency’s Seamus Murphy dis­cussing his life’s work at “The Evolution of Seamus Murphy”, a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the Festival. ©Sara Terry / VII

In May 2019, the VII Academy, the edu­ca­tion­al arm of the VII Foundation, host­ed “VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image”: two work­shops, thirty-one stu­dents, nine pre­sen­ta­tions, pan­el dis­cus­sions on the state of the media in the Balkans, con­ver­sa­tions with VII Photo Agency pho­tog­ra­phers, and an exhi­bi­tion “Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity,” fea­tur­ing the work of the sev­en women pho­tog­ra­phers of VII. There were 200 fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants from thirty-seven coun­tries, includ­ing fifty-six schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from the region!

Review: Kuma International Summer School

Written on August 12, 2019, post­ed in News, Review

©Kuma International

July 8 – 22, 2019
The Bosniak Institute – Adil Zulfikarpašić Foundation in Sarajevo

The Kuma International Summer School was held July 8-22, 2019 at the Bosniak Institute – Adil Zulfikarpašić Foundation in Sarajevo. The VII Academy sup­port­ed twelve schol­ar­ships for Bosnian stu­dents who applied to the sum­mer school pro­grams, and this year the stu­dents who were cho­sen were all women hail­ing from sev­er­al Bosnian cities—Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Gračanica.

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