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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.

Review: War Art Remembrance and Memory (WARM) Festival

Written on August 1, 2019, post­ed in News, Review


July 8-13, 2019

The VII Academy sup­port­ed two of our clos­est Balkan partners–the Post-Conflict Research Center (P-CRC) and WARM Foundation–who host­ed the the 6th War Art Remembrance and Memory (WARM) Festival and the first WARM Academy in Sarajevo in July 2019.

Review: Chobi Mela

Written on March 15, 2019, post­ed in News, Review

©Ron Haviv / VII Photo

February 28-March 9, 2019
Dhaka, Bangladesh

In 2019, the VII Academy sup­port­ed three work­shops and mul­ti­ple port­fo­lio reviews at the Chobi Mela fes­ti­val. Fifty-nine stu­dents received schol­ar­ships to par­tic­i­pate in one of three work­shops: “Your Photojournalism Survival Kit” with Ron Haviv; “Learning to See” with Christopher Morris; and “A Better Future For Independent Journalists” with Vaughan Smith. Eleven stu­dents attend­ed port­fo­lio review ses­sions with Gary Knight and Anush Babajanyan.

Review: Burmese Days: Documenting an Extraordinary Voyage of Discovery

Written on December 12, 2018, post­ed in News, Review

“Burmese Days” stu­dents, Rita Khin (pho­tograph­ing) and Ko Myo (look­ing on), under the men­tor­ship of Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz on the streets of Moulmein, Burma. December 2018. ©Philip Blenkinsop / VII

December 1, 2018 - December 7, 2018
Instructors: Daniel Schwartz, Philip Blenkinsop

Seven days with instruc­tors Daniel Schwartz and Philip Blenkinsop in Myanmar were spent observ­ing, build­ing con­fi­dence, and seek­ing out those spe­cial moments that as pho­tog­ra­phers we live for; doc­u­ment­ing them as they hap­pen, whether walk­ing the streets, jour­ney­ing by train, bus or boat or sim­ply sat at a tea shop watch­ing the world go by.

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