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

Written on June 10, 2020, posted in Review

The Danish School of Media and Journalism Spring 2020 semes­ter is com­ing to its end this June. We asked Solmaz Daryani and Sabry Khaled what they thought of DMJX Photo 1, the 6-month pro­gram to which they were grant­ed a full schol­ar­ship by VII Academy. (Image © Solmaz Daryani)

Denmark went into COVID-19 lock­down right after the first work­shop of the semes­ter, so nei­ther Solmaz nor Sabri were able to ful­ly expe­ri­ence liv­ing and learn­ing in a new coun­try. But they attend­ed online class­es that, both con­firmed, man­aged to push them to explore projects in-depth.

For Solmaz Daryani, DMJX was the first for­mal edu­ca­tion pro­gram since embark­ing on her self-taught pho­tog­ra­phy jour­ney. She joined the Spring 2020 semes­ter seek­ing to gain an in-depth knowl­edge of pho­tog­ra­phy, devel­op orga­ni­za­tion­al skills, learn about the indus­try and meet diverse, yet like-minded peo­ple. Solmaz con­firms that this schol­ar­ship at DMJX pro­gram gave her all that, and more. Her best wish now would be to attend the Photo 2 pro­gram next year to con­tin­ue learn­ing and grow­ing her art.

Solmaz is proud to share with us her first video project, an uncom­pro­mis­ing sto­ry of a home­less woman who wish­es to be a moth­er.

She is cur­rent­ly work­ing on her final project, focused on a trans­gen­der woman and the chal­lenges she faces dur­ing this deep trans­for­ma­tion.

For Sabri Khaled, being in Denmark with DMJX is def­i­nite­ly an eye open­ing adven­ture. He is very hap­py to have been award­ed a sec­ond VII Academy schol­ar­ship to attend the Photo 2 pro­gram start­ing in August. Hopefully by then restric­tions will have lift­ed and he’ll be able to expe­ri­ence study­ing at DMJX with­out any pan­dem­ic lim­i­ta­tion.

Like Solmaz, a high­light for Sabri this semes­ter was to work on his first video project: he doc­u­ment­ed a stu­dent who decid­ed to build a house on the island of Bornholm, his birth­place, as well as lock­down res­i­dence.

His final semes­ter project is very per­son­al, a diary about his rela­tion­ship with his girl­friend when they were both on COVID-19 lock­down in Denmark.

Solmaz and Sabri also worked togeth­er on a col­lab­o­ra­tive photography-design-writing assign­ment, a visu­al nar­ra­tive fea­tured in a class-project mag­a­zine titled “it wasn’t sup­posed to be like this”.

We’re proud to announce that Salih Basheer from Sudan has been award­ed the Shahidul Alam Grant in hon­or of the great impor­tance Shahidul Alam has for the devel­op­ment of inde­pen­dent pho­to­jour­nal­ism in the World, and Asadeh Besharati from Iran receives the  Alexandra Boulat Grant in remem­brance of the late, prize win­ning French pho­tog­ra­ph­er, who was a mem­ber and co-founder of VII Photo Agency. Both will attend the Photo 1 pro­gram at the Photojournalism Department at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. We’ll share more about them in a future news post.