Programs

VII Academy offers a wide vari­ety of dynam­ic and inten­sive edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent regions with a diverse group of pho­tog­ra­phers. These are offered com­plete­ly free to select­ed appli­cants, all of whom come from the major­i­ty world and under­rep­re­sent­ed com­mu­ni­ties in G20 coun­tries.

The VII Academy is tak­ing all its cours­es online for the fore­see­able future. We will resume res­i­den­tial cours­es at our cam­pus­es in Sarajevo and Arles and oth­er select loca­tions when the envi­ron­ment is safe to do so. Access to our long-term res­i­den­tial cours­es will be pri­or­i­tized for stu­dents who have passed through one of our online inter­ac­tive sem­i­nars.

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November 27, 2020

Citoyens d’Afrique Francophone: Séminaire Photojournalisme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire, Niveau 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Retrouvez Stefano De Luigi dans ce pro­gramme de 12 semaines qui a été expressé­ment pen­sé pour vous per­me­t­tre de tra­vailler dans le con­texte du COVID19. Ce sémi­naire sur le pho­to­jour­nal­isme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire vous apportera les out­ils méthodologiques et pra­tiques néces­saires pour réalis­er des reportages pho­tographiques visant à être pub­liés dans un con­texte édi­to­r­i­al.

December 4, 2020

Native Arabic Speakers: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Seminar, Level 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Ali Arkady in this 12-week Level 1 Seminar pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. At the end, you’ll pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

December 11, 2020

South and Central America: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Seminar, Level 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Monica Allende in this 12-week Level 1 Seminar pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. At the end, you’ll pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

January 15, 2021

Sarajevo Seminar For Documentary and Narrative Practice 2021

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the sec­ond Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2021 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from Central and South Eastern Europe.

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January 15, 2021

Sarajevo Seminar For Documentary and Narrative Practice 2021

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the sec­ond Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2021 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from Central and South Eastern Europe.

December 11, 2020

South and Central America: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Seminar, Level 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Monica Allende in this 12-week Level 1 Seminar pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. At the end, you’ll pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

December 4, 2020

Native Arabic Speakers: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Seminar, Level 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Ali Arkady in this 12-week Level 1 Seminar pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. At the end, you’ll pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

November 27, 2020

Citoyens d’Afrique Francophone: Séminaire Photojournalisme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire, Niveau 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Retrouvez Stefano De Luigi dans ce pro­gramme de 12 semaines qui a été expressé­ment pen­sé pour vous per­me­t­tre de tra­vailler dans le con­texte du COVID19. Ce sémi­naire sur le pho­to­jour­nal­isme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire vous apportera les out­ils méthodologiques et pra­tiques néces­saires pour réalis­er des reportages pho­tographiques visant à être pub­liés dans un con­texte édi­to­r­i­al.

November 20, 2020

Former Yugoslavia & Albania: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Seminar, Level 1

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Christopher Morris in this 12-week Level 1 Seminar pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. At the end, you’ll pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

July 24, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Ali Arkady for Native Arabic Speakers /
اكاديمية السابع ستُقدم دورة تدريبية مع المصور الصحفي علي اركادي لمدة ١٢ اسبوع للناطقين باللغة العربية في جميع انحاء العالم من يوم ٢٤ يوليو ٢٠٢٠ حتى ١٥ اكتوبر ٢٠٢٠

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Ali Arkady in this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. You’ll be required to pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

July 23, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik for Eastern Europe Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik in this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID 19 envi­ron­ment. It aims to equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You will progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. You will be required to pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

July 20, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

No Man’s Land: Finding Your Authentic Voice with Nichole Sobecki and Anush Babajanyan (a women-only work­shop)

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
The VII Academy is pleased to sup­port four stu­dents with schol­ar­ships to attend this women-only work­shop, which focus­es on cul­ti­vat­ing your own authen­tic voice through nar­ra­tive and doc­u­men­tary prac­tice. From idea to pub­li­ca­tion, par­tic­i­pants will work on per­son­al pho­to­graph­ic projects that will be reviewed and cri­tiqued in an inter­ac­tive online envi­ron­ment by Nichole and Anush over a 10-week peri­od.

July 3, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Ben Bohane for Pacific Region Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Ben Bohane will lead this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip stu­dents with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text.

June 1, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

Web Design, Social Media Presence: Your Brand and Identity Fundamentals with Giorgio Baravalle

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
The VII Academy is pleased to offer schol­ar­ships to this work­shop, which is designed to help pho­tog­ra­phers and visu­al sto­ry­tellers under­stand the impor­tance of cre­at­ing a strong visu­al brand and iden­ti­ty. Each par­tic­i­pant will be able to leave this work­shop with a new web­site design and social media pres­ence. It’s geared to indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in under­stand­ing and improv­ing their brand vis­i­bil­i­ty whether in print­ed or dig­i­tal form.

May 30, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

No Man’s Land. Identity through Personal and Subjective Narratives Workshop with Linda Bournane Engelberth (a women only work­shop)

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
This work­shop for women focus­es on iden­ti­ty through per­son­al and sub­jec­tive nar­ra­tives. Participants will work on per­son­al pho­to­graph­ic projects that will be reviewed and cri­tiqued in an inter­ac­tive online envi­ron­ment by Linda Bournane Engelberth over a 14-week peri­od.

May 29, 2020

Photojournalisme et Photographie Documentaire: un sémi­naire pour les citoyens d’Afrique Francophone.

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Retrouvez Eric Bouvet dans ce pro­gramme de 12 semaines qui a été expressé­ment pen­sé pour vous per­me­t­tre de tra­vailler dans le con­texte du COVID19. Ce sémi­naire sur le pho­to­jour­nal­isme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire vous apportera les out­ils méthodologiques et pra­tiques néces­saires pour réalis­er des reportages pho­tographiques visant à être pub­liés dans un con­texte édi­to­r­i­al.

May 29, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A 12-week Seminar with Christopher Morris for South and Southeast Asian Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Christopher Morris in this 12-week online pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text.

May 19, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

Bookmaking Online Masterclass with Philip Blenkinsop & Daniel Schwartz

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
The Masterclass–which meets online–addresses the crit­i­cal peri­od between the last phase of a pho­to­graph­ic project and the moment when you decide to look for a pub­lish­er. In oth­er words, the peri­od when you need to exer­cise the author’s author­i­ty but still want to lis­ten to those with expe­ri­ence in mak­ing books. It aims to define a book that trans­mits the author’s nar­ra­tive to the view­er and is in itself an ade­quate three-dimensional rep­re­sen­ta­tion of con­tent and propo­si­tion.

May 17, 2020

Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 3

Core Programs, Seminar | Sarajevo
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo sem­i­nar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from the wider Balkan region. The third ses­sion will be held from the 17th to the 22nd May, 2020.

May 16, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

The Original Masterclass with Stefano De Luigi & Maciek Nabrdalik

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
The VII Masterclass is one of the most ambi­tious and exhaus­tive train­ing pro­grams avail­able. It aims to devel­op and con­sol­i­date new tal­ent in doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and pho­to­jour­nal­ism over a peri­od of three months. It is struc­tured around three sem­i­nars with work­shop ses­sions and mul­ti­ple one-on-one inter­ac­tions woven in between. The prin­ci­pal objec­tive of this Masterclass is to allow time for progress to devel­op, and for the long-term struc­ture to have a last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to your pro­fes­sion­al train­ing.

May 15, 2020

Presented by VII Interactive

Project Development—Finding your Vision and Voice Masterclass with Ed Kashi & Julie Winokur

Partner Programs, Workshop | Online
The goal of this work­shop, which will meet online, is to help you build a Passion Project–a long term project around an issue you are per­son­al­ly pas­sion­ate about. It will help you cre­ate a struc­ture to devel­op the project, teach you skills to make the con­tacts and net­work that would be nec­es­sary to car­ry out your plan, and over 6 months pro­vide feed­back and sup­port to accom­plish your goals as you work on your project.

February 24, 2020

Photographier Votre Monde : Workshop en RDC

Core Programs, Workshop | Kinshasa
A Kinshasa, la VII Académie vous pro­pose de mieux com­pren­dre et d’é­tudi­er la ques­tion du réc­it en pho­togra­phie. Photographie d’auteur ? Documentaire ? Photojournalisme ? Pour que cha­cun s’affirme ou se trou­ve, nous vous pro­posons de réalis­er dans le cadre de ce work­shop une série pho­tographique dans l’exercice du réc­it en pho­togra­phie.

February 17, 2020

BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop

Core Programs, Workshop | Sarajevo
The VII Academy with the sup­port of the US Embassy is run­ning a year long pro­gram in fact-based writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and mul­ti­me­dia sto­ry­telling, draw­ing par­tic­i­pants from men and women from all com­mu­ni­ties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to encour­age and improve civic dis­course. Some of the world’s lead­ing jour­nal­ists, aca­d­e­mics and pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als from Harvard University, Northeastern University and the VII Photo Agency will pro­vide insight, men­tor­ing and train­ing to tack­le the fraught and com­plex issues impor­tant to the diverse com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the Bosnia. The pro­gram empha­sizes an eth­i­cal, col­lab­o­ra­tive and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry approach to jour­nal­is­tic prac­tice and dia­logue. VII Academy Sarajevo in part­ner­ship with the US Embassy in Sarajevo will award a num­ber of grants in the amount of $30,000 to the best BOLD project pro­pos­als in 2020. To be eli­gi­ble to apply for these grants, please reg­is­ter to attend the VII Academy BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop.

January 13, 2020

Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 2

Core Programs, Seminar | Sarajevo
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo sem­i­nar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from the wider Balkan region. The sec­ond ses­sion will run from January 13th to January 17th.

November 26, 2019

Understanding Your Vision: A Workshop with Christopher Morris

Core Programs, Workshop | Sarajevo
Join Christopher Morris as he takes you on a jour­ney through the his­toric ori­gins of jour­nal­is­tic and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy, from the begin­nings of pho­tog­ra­phy to the present.

November 20, 2019

Vision Beyond Tomorrow: A Workshop with Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris

Workshop | Zagreb
The VII Academy in part­ner­ship with Image of War Zagreb: Museum of War Photography is pleased to announce its first work­shop in Zagreb, Croatia. This three-day tuition-free work­shop is taught by long-time friends, col­lab­o­ra­tors and co-founders of VII Photo agency, Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris.

November 19, 2019

The Breakup: Photographs from 1991-2000 by Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris

Core Programs, Lecture | Zagreb
For the first time ever, pho­tog­ra­phers Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv will speak togeth­er about their images from the dis­so­lu­tion of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in con­ver­sa­tion by War Photo Limited direc­tor Wade Goddard, the dis­cus­sion will touch on some of the most famous images of the var­i­ous wars and the sto­ries behind them.

October 18, 2019

Nature: Through Her Eyes Festival

Core Programs, Festival | Perpignan
The VII Academy is host­ing a spe­cial event cel­e­brat­ing and high­light­ing women’s roles in sto­ry­telling about nature and the envi­ron­ment, includ­ing writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, film­mak­ers, as well as cam­era and sound oper­a­tors. We will be explor­ing what a fem­i­nine per­spec­tive means to women, what they bring in their art and why it is impor­tant for soci­ety as a whole. We will be giv­ing space for women’s ideas and work that are inno­v­a­tive and impor­tant for all audi­ences to see.

October 12, 2019

Presented by VII Photo:

Finding Your Visual Voice

Partner Programs, Workshop | New York
This is a work­shop about the emo­tion­al and sub-conscious con­tent of photos–about how to make pho­tos that come from that place, and that help tru­ly define your own voice as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er.