Sarajevo Campus

The Bosnia cam­pus of the VII Academy is locat­ed in the heart of Sarajevo, at Ferhadija 25. It rep­re­sents a return to the begin­ning for VII, as many of the found­ing pho­tog­ra­phers first met and worked togeth­er dur­ing the Balkan con­flict in the 1990’s.

Welcoming pho­tog­ra­phers from around the world at events like VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image 2019, the VII Academy will pro­vide a meet­ing point for those engaged in visu­al jour­nal­ism across the Balkans and sur­round­ing region.

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O Nama - VII Akademija

Strategija VII Akademije je pro­mo­ci­ja, obra­zo­van­je i nje­go­v­an­je visokok­valitetnog među­nar­o­dnog nov­inarst­va kroz obra­zovno usavrša­van­je pro­fe­sion­ala­ca i stu­de­na­ta iz većeg dijela svi­je­ta kroz process stipendi­ran­ja, a u man­je zas­tu­pljen­im zajed­ni­ca­ma u zeml­ja­ma G20, obra­zo­van­je se vrši u medi­jskoj prak­si, vizuel­nom nov­inarstvu, nar­a­tivu, eti­ci, poslo­van­ju i pre­duzetništvu, te je cilj dugoročno stvoriti kul­tu­ru u kojoj se nar­a­tiv­na infor­ma­ci­ja demokra­tizira.

VII Akademija je obra­zov­na grana Fondacije VII, a finan­sir­a­ju je Jennifer Stengaard Gross i Peter Stengaard iz Fondacije Blue Chip, The William Jeff i Porodična fon­daci­ja Jennifer Gross. Fondacija VII je neza­v­is­na, dobrotvor­na medi­js­ka i obra­zov­na neprof­it­na orga­ni­zaci­ja. Fondaciju su osno­vali Ron Haviv i Gary Knight tokom 2001. godine, kada su pre­poz­nali da se izvori za finan­sir­an­ja dugoročnih medi­jskih pro­jeka­ta sman­ju­ju. Kako bi nas­tavili sa stvaran­jem medi­jskog pros­to­ra i rado­va koji se bave složen­im soci­jal­nim, ekonom­skim i ljud­skim prav­i­ma, pokrenuli su VII Fondaciju kao neza­v­is­nu neprof­it­nu struk­tu­ru kako bi osig­u­rali podršku za nas­tavak doku­men­tarne prakse i obra­zo­van­ja.

Sa kam­pusi­ma na dvi­je strateške lokaci­je, VII Akademija nudi najviše obra­zovne stan­darde u području izuča­van­ja oblasti fotografi­je, nov­inarske etike, poslovne prakse i treninga u stvarnom svi­je­tu. Kroz stipendi­ran­je obra­zo­van­je se vrši učešćem u pro­grami­ma, sem­i­nari­ma i radioni­ca­ma na kam­pusu VII Akademije, te događa­ji­ma pop­ut „VII u Sarajevu: Festival slike“, VII Akademija stvara važnu men­torsku mrežu između iskus­nih vet­er­ana i tal­en­to­vanih i predanih mladih fotografa.

Information

Events

In 2020 the Sarajevo cam­pus will again orga­nize “VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image.” A full pro­gram of work­shops and sem­i­nars through­out the year is also planned.

How to apply

Please refer to our indi­vid­ual pro­gram pages for infor­ma­tion on how to attend one of our events or how to apply to one of our pro­grams. We rec­om­mend you read our FAQ before com­plet­ing an appli­ca­tion.

Our Team in Sarajevo

Hasnija

Hasnija Zulić

Manager of Operations

LejnaCelebicic

Lejna Čelebičić

Program Coordinator

News

Review: Lecture: The Breakup: Photographs from 1991-2000

Written on January 21, 2020, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

A Serbian cou­ple kiss­es after the fall of Vukovar, Fall 1991. © Ron Haviv / VII

November 19, 2019
Presenters Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris

For the first time ever, pho­tog­ra­phers Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv spoke togeth­er about their images from the dis­so­lu­tion of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in con­ver­sa­tion by Image of War Zagreb Director Danilo Gregovic, the dis­cus­sion touched on some of the most famous images of the var­i­ous wars and the sto­ries behind them.

Review: Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice Session 1

Written on November 13, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

Students and tutors of the Sarajevo Seminar for Documentary and Narrative Practice. From left to right: Zijah Gafić, Mitar Simkić, Anđela Petrovski, Imrana Kapetanović, Andrei Pungovschi, Nerma Sofić, Petra Slobodnjak, Aleksandar Slavković, Paul Lowe, Anastas Tarpanov, Armin Graca, Matjaz Rust, Sandra Juniči, Iza Štrumbelj Oblak, Hasnija Zulić, Marko Risović, Dimitris Rapakousis and Ana Paunković.

September 21-28, 2019
Lead Instructors: Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic

Sixteen stu­dents attend­ed the intro­duc­to­ry week of the multi-session train­ing pro­gram in inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism.

Partner: USM Modular Furniture

Written on November 5, 2019, post­ed in News, Sarajevo

©Admir Švrakić

Thank you USM Switzerland for the chic and mod­ern office fur­ni­ture now installed in the VII Academy premis­es in Sarajevo!

The VII Academy thanks USM Modular Furniture for their gen­er­ous dona­tion to out­fit the Sarajevo cam­pus.

Check out the jour­ney from Switzerland to Bosnia where instal­la­tion was fin­ished in time for the Sarajevo cam­pus to open its doors to 15 stu­dents from the greater Balkan region.

Review: No Man’s Land: A Workshop for Women

Written on September 23, 2019, post­ed in Review, Sarajevo

Part of “Portrait of Sarajevo”. ©Anna Psaroudakis

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: 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!