Review: Human Stories: Finding the Personal
October 1- 6, 2019
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
September 2-7, 2019
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
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
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
August 11 – 17, 2019
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
June 15 – 21, 2019
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
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
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
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.