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Uncertain Journeys by VII Editions

A collaborative photo essay by the photographers of VII Photo, investigating the refugee crisis in Europe. The work explores issues the refugees faces from Greece through to Germany, and includes an essay by Ashley Gilbertson and Ron Haviv.

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VII Perspectives: Migration

TuftsSaturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday Nov. 15
Tufts University
Medford, MA
Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student)
Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student)

Commemorating 10 years of VII and IGL collaboration and the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership, the world’s leading photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency will explore their coverage of the continuing migration and merging of societies and cultures through a series of presentations and panels featuring recent work from the Syrian refugee crisis and discussion with academic experts followed by a day of hands on workshops.

VII founder, Gary Knight and Chair of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the IGL, celebrating its 5th Anniversary at Tufts University, will be joined by fellow VII Members Ron Haviv, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, John Stanmeyer, Maciek Nabrdalik and Franco Pagetti.

Saturday, Nov. 14: Agenda

Location: Barnum Hall, Room 008
163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

1:15 PM
PART ONE – HISTORY: The First Migration
Man has been seeking better opportunities since our ancestors’ first migration out of Africa. John Stanmeyer is documenting man’s journey and subsequent evolution with National Geographic’s Out of Eden Project – an epic 21,000-mile, seven year odyssey from Ethiopia to South America.

2:00 PM
PART TWO – CRISIS: The European Refugee Crisis
VII photographers are documenting the developing refugee crisis from its origins in the Syrian uprising to the beaches of Greece and beyond. Technology has both expanded the reach and immediacy of their work while challenging our definition of a true image.
VII Photographers: Ron Haviv, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti and Ashley Gilbertson
Panelist: Glenn Ruga, Founder of Social Documentary Network and ZEKE Magazine
Moderated by Sherman Teichman, Founding Director, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM
PART THREE – THE AFTERMATH: Changing Face of Identity in Europe
What comes next when the act of migration is over? Ed Kashi will present his work on Police Profiling in Europe and how it impacts immigrants in France, Holland and the UK.

4:15 PM
The Newest Americans Project: Ed Kashi, Ashley Gilbertson
VII has partnered with the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University Newark, and Talking Eyes Media, on a 3 year multi-platform digital storytelling project to provide a glimpse into the world of the Newest Americans and our demographic future. We will show three short films, one of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to bring in the element of internal migration in the US with our African American population and the Great Migration up north in the 20th Century, a film about an American Syrian composer that delves into the power of music and the Syrian revolution, and American Sueño, a short film from Ron Haviv.

5:00 PM
Reception

Note: The Saturday seminar is FREE to all Tufts University students with valid ID.

Sunday, Nov. 15: Workshops

Location: 550 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

11:00 AM
Workshop #1: Street Photography (limit 15)

Ed Kashi and Maciek Nabrdalik will lead students around Boston and guide them on how to approach subjects, compose their frames, and find new and unexpected angles. An editing critique with the photographers will follow the shooting session.

Instructors: Maciek Nabrdalik (VII Photographer), Ed Kashi (VII Photographer)

Note: Participants should bring a camera of their choosing smartphone or 35mm — digital so that they can download and edit after the shoot. If possible, students should also bring a laptop.

11:00 AM
Workshop #2: Survival: The Complete Travel Toolkit

Ron Haviv will share tips and tricks on how best to survive and thrive in the before, during, and after of a shoot. Your assignment starts before you leave your house: planning, packing and preparing are key components of success, and even the best plans can go awry. From how to pitch a story, find funding and do a budget this workshop will discuss how to plan for success and cope with disaster, with suggestions and anecdotes from a seasoned professional and photojournalist. Learn directly from Ron how to identify and avoid the mistakes he has made over his two decade career.

Instructor: Ron Haviv (VII Co-Founder and Photographer)

 

Mentor Program Open Call

The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging  new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program.

The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are nominated by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program must be sponsored by one of the VII Member photographers who will then work with them for two years.

VII Mentor Program Selection Criteria

What we are looking for:

1. The most promising and talented emerging photographers in the industry
2. Placing a particular importance in selecting photographers who are underrepresented within the industry.
3. Photographers who are already trained, have some professional experience and are now ready to take the next step with their career.
4. Photographers who are seen as being on the cusp of greatness and who are consistently generating high-quality photographic content.
5. Note that some applicants may be considered too advanced for the program.
6. Note that we will make allowances for advancement/skills for majority world photographers who have had no access to formal education.
7. We are looking for photographers that can demonstrate a cohesive personal aesthetic vision and are generating interesting, unexpected and mature story ideas.
8. The portfolio should consist of stories (not single images) and demonstrate the breadth of the applicants photographic experience.
9. If the applicant shoots video/documentary film they should be asked to submit it in the call for applications.

How to Apply

To apply for the VII Mentor Program, please submit the following by November 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time to mentorprogram@viiphoto.com.

A Word Document containing the following:

?• A brief explanation as to why you would like to join the VII Mentor Program.
?• A short biography.
?• An explanation of the content of the images submitted and, if applicable, please provide no more than 3 links to your motion work.

A zip file containing no more than 50 images with the following specifications:

?• 72 DPI
?• Longest axis no greater than 1440 pixels
?• JPEG compression of 83
?• IPTC metadata: Caption, City, State, Country, Credit, Date Created
?• Label each image as follows: Your initials than the sequence number ex. JS-001, JS-002, through JS-050

The announcement of new mentees will be made on January 5, 2016.

Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant Announced

Photo by Alfonso Moral / Cosmos

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant, supported by LaScam, has been awarded to Spanish photographer Alfonso Moral of the Cosmos Photo Agency. Alfonso’s recent work has focused on the city of Tripoli, Lebanon. The wounds of the conflict between the Sunni and Alawi communities have transformed the city into a small scale reproduction of the conflict prevailing in neighboring Syria. The project, “Shadows of Tripoli,” aims to show daily life in this divided city and the constant problems faced by a population that is permanently threatened.

The jury was made of: Pascal Briard (ex-Canon), Jean-François Camp (head of Laboratory Central Dupon Images), Jean-Claude Coutausse (photographer representing LaScam), Simon Edwards (artistic director of Salon de la Photo), Sylvie Grumbach (Head of 2ème bureau), Pascal Maitre (photographer) and Marc Simon (Editor-in-chief of VSD magazine).

Alfonso Moral received his grant on September 3, 2015 during an evening screening at the Festival Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan. He has 9 months to produce his story.

 

 

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