From May 9 – 11, the newly formed VII Academy, a project of the VII Foundation and partner of VII Photo Agency, will host a three-day festival of photography and visual journalism in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This educational event is free and open to all, and includes presentations by VII Photo Agency photographers, discussion panels focusing on media and visual journalism, film screenings, portfolio reviews, and much more.
Sarajevo and the Balkans are deeply embedded in the culture of VII. The agency was built on the relationships established during the war in the 1990s by the founding members of the agency. The late Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, and Christopher Morris all photographed the war with Paul Lowe, who now lives in Sarajevo. Ziyah Gafic was born in Sarajevo and was raised there during the war of the 1990s, and he and Sara Terry have immersed themselves in representing post-conflict Bosnia.
Based in Sarajevo, the VII Academy is building a permanent presence in the Balkans to work with local cultural institutions and create an education platform to train young men and women in visual media practice.
VII will be accepting applications for membership from March 1, 2019 through April 1, 2019. VII is particularly interested in working with photographers who will continue to diversify our membership.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Congratulations to Jessica Dimmock and Zackary Canepari for their World Press Photo nominations. Jessica received a nomination in the Portraits-Stories category for her photo essay “Northwest Passages,” shot for TOPIC. Zackary was nominated in the Interactive of the Year category for “Flint is a Place.”
VII is excited to have partnered with TurnGram which will deliver a selection of 4×6 prints to your door each month! This monthly subscription service is available in two packages — 1 photo / $24.99 and 7 photos for $149.99 per month.
Check out February’s selection below and subscribe here!
Rachel who has known the residents of Old Man Joe’s apartment for years, comes to stay with Jesse and Mike following the arrest of her boyfriend, in New York, N.Y. during January 2005.
A Palestinian child’s toy doll in a bedroom. The child’s family are separated for 2 weeks at a time because the father has West Bank ID and the mother has Jerusalem ID. The couple are legally barred from living together and so the father is only able to see his children and wife every second Thursday for 24 hours.
Nepal has been called an impossible phantasmagoria, a land of harsh realities infused with the surreal. Like a young Tharu girl perched on a support post of a traditional long house, seeming to levitate, in the remote Dang Valley, Nepal seems to levitate between East and West, past and future. This is the magic of Nepal, a country of eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.
A women’s police academy in Tehran, Iran. November 2004.
Kosovar Albanian refugees try to get the last bread thrown from an aid truck in the biggest refugee camp in Kukes, Albania, in April 1999. After the 1997 collapse of Albania’s economy, widespread looting and ethnic conflict broke out in Kosovo, a majority Albanian province in southern Serbia, which led to the mass exodus of thousands of ethnic Albanians in 1998 and early 1999; nearly all of these 850,000 refugees returned to Kosovo starting in mid-1999, many seeking revenge against the Serbs.
Lachin Wintergrounds is home to many refugees from Fuzuli, in the Nagorno Karabakh area. The vast plain had been used by them for years as a winter grazing grounds for their flocks; during the conflict they moved to the wintergrounds to escape the fighting. October 2006.
A soldier of the coastal guard of Somaliland patrols the harbor of Berbera, Somaliland on Sept. 26, 2009.