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

Written on January 6, 2020, posted in News, Review

Four students attended the Photo 1 program at DMJX during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters with the support of the Alexandra Boulat Grant and the Shahidul Alam Grant.

Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semes­ters

The VII Academy offers a num­ber of full-tuition schol­ar­ships for stu­dents to attend The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX). Four stu­dents attend­ed the Photo 1 pro­gram at DMJX dur­ing the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semes­ters with the sup­port of the VII Academy and the VII Foundation.

Spring 2020

In 2020, the Photojournalism Department from the Danish School of Media and Journalism select­ed Solmaz Daryani (Iran) and Sabry Khaled (Egypt) to receive schol­ar­ships ful­ly fund­ed by the VII Foundation and the VII Academy to study at their Photo I pro­gram for the Spring 2020 semes­ter. Solmaz Daryani and Sabry Khaled were select­ed among more than 60 appli­cants.

Solmaz Daryani receives the The Alexandra Boulat Grant in remem­brance of the late, prize win­ning French pho­tog­ra­ph­er, who was a mem­ber and co-founder of VII Photo Agency. Before get­ting into Photography, Solmaz grad­u­at­ed with a Bachelor’s Degree in com­put­er sci­ence and worked at an inter­na­tion­al telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­ny. She start­ed tak­ing most of her pic­tures in the town or vil­lages around the port where her grand­par­ents were liv­ing near Lake Urmia, which was one of the biggest salt lakes in the world. Solmaz didn’t attend any inter­na­tion­al work­shops or pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es due to visa issues and finan­cial restraints, and is a self taught pho­tog­ra­ph­er. In 2015, she received the IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Grant and in 2016, she received the Magnum Foundation’s Photography in Collaboration: On Religion Grant.

 

Sabry Khaled receives The Shahidul Alam Grant in hon­or of the great impor­tance Shahidul Alam has for the devel­op­ment of inde­pen­dent pho­to­jour­nal­ism in the World. When the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion hit the streets of Egypt, Sabry dropped his den­tistry career and picked up his cam­era again. With no edu­ca­tion oth­er than self-learning, tri­al and error, pho­to­books and Youtube, he has been work­ing for local and inter­na­tion­al press as a staff pho­to­jour­nal­ist and stringer. In his work, he focus­es on social and per­son­al issues, and how Egyptian soci­ety is rapid­ly chang­ing. Sabry has curat­ed an exhi­bi­tion at Cairo Photo Week and is a reg­u­lar teacher at Photopia, a Cairo-based pho­tog­ra­phy school.

Fall 2019

In 2019, the Photojournalism Department from the Danish School of Media and Journalism select­ed Tripty Tamang Pakhrin (Nepal) and Khashayar Javanmardi (Iran) to receive schol­ar­ships ful­ly fund­ed by the VII Academy to study at their Photo I pro­gram for the Fall semes­ter. Tripty Tamang Pakhrin and Khashayar Javanmardi were select­ed among more than 20 appli­cants.

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin received the The Alexandra Boulat Grant in remem­brance of the late, prize win­ning French pho­tog­ra­ph­er, who was a mem­ber and co-founder of VII Photo Agency. Tripty (b. 1995) is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a grad­u­ate of the School of Management, Kathmandu University. From doc­u­ment­ing young Chinese gamers in inter­net cafes to explor­ing Siem Reap’s gay bar scene, her work focus­es on themes relat­ed to youth cul­ture, space, rep­e­ti­tion and mem­o­ry. In 2018, she received the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Student Grant. She is cur­rent­ly asso­ci­at­ed with photo.circle, a pho­tog­ra­phy plat­form in Nepal and Photo Kathmandu and an inter­na­tion­al pho­to bien­nale that takes place in Kathmandu.

“As a learn­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er, I think we often only focus on pho­tos, and over­look the impor­tance of oth­er ele­ments in telling a sto­ry such as text and design. [The] Magazine Workshop helped me work on those aspects and get new skills that are very use­ful in any pho­to­graph­ic work. Also, the process of cre­at­ing a phys­i­cal thing with our pho­to sto­ries was excit­ing and a great learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty.”

View the mag­a­zine spread Tripty made for on of her class­es, “The Magazine Workshop,” below:

The video Tripty made with two of her class­mates can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/371154326

“I have learned a lot here in DMJX. I got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be in a for­mal edu­ca­tion­al set­ting with peers from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and back­grounds. It’s great to have dif­fer­ent views in the class­room for nuanced dis­cus­sions. The meet­ing of var­ied opin­ions and ideas make the learn­ing here rich­er. I have also had the chance to meet many pho­tog­ra­phers, see their works and learn from them. My time here has raised more ques­tions, chal­lenged and encour­aged me to explore dif­fer­ent tra­jec­to­ries in pho­tog­ra­phy and it has dri­ven me to be more thought­ful about the sto­ries I chose to tell. I will be join­ing the Photo Kathmandu team again back in Nepal and my expe­ri­ence in Denmark will sure­ly influ­ence my work now. It has inspired me to go back home and work on sto­ries in Nepal. I also feel like I can share my learn­ing with oth­er fel­low pho­tog­ra­phers in Nepal like the alum­ni did in my case.”

 

Khashayar Javanmardi

Khashayar Javanmardi received The Shahidul Alam Grant in hon­our of the great impor­tance Shahidul Alam has for the devel­op­ment of inde­pen­dent pho­to­jour­nal­ism in the World. Khashayar Javanmardi (b.1991) is an Iranian doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­ph­er and artist whose work has focused on social issues, migra­tion and the envi­ron­ment. Javanmardi has been nom­i­nat­ed for Joop Swart Master Class, the HPA Performance Award for Caspian Sea project and the Iranian Image of the Year for three times in a row. His work has been pub­lished in The New York Times, Newsweek and most Iranian print media.

“My focus is on a long term ongo­ing project about [the] Caspian Sea…as my final project. Honestly, [DMJX] is my great­est expe­ri­ence till now. I had nev­er been to Europe before. Studying in a great school made me face every­thing more seri­ous­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly. I can say that this course helped me to think nar­row­er and more con­cen­trat­ed on dif­fer­ent stories…After going back home, I’d like to work more seri­ous­ly, more con­cen­trat­ed with a full con­scious about my per­son­al approach­es. I’m not inter­est­ed in news and reportages any­more but real­ly inter­est­ed in deep sto­ries with cre­ative approach­es.”

View some of the images Khashayar has pro­duced dur­ing his time at DMJX:

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  • ©Khashayar Javanmardi

  • ©Khashayar Javanmardi

  • ©Khashayar Javanmardi