Tomas Van Houtryve was honored with the 3rd prize distinction for his drone photography story, “Blue Sky Days,” in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2015 World Press Photo Awards.
“Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the United States looking for situations similar to those mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border.”
View the full series here.
The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine
to present an immersive, two-day educational program: The VII Evolution Tour
. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We welcome attendees with all levels of experience and creative interests.
The VII Evolution Tour will travel to different AbelCine venues in big cities throughout the US. The first stop is New York. The New York program will take place Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015. The VII Photographers who will be taking part in the New York event are: Jessica Dimmock
, Ashley Gilbertson
, Ron Haviv
, Gary Knight
, and John Stanmeyer
On day one of the program, VII members, AbelCine instructors, and industry professionals will present a variety of seminars and panels. They will lead discussions on a variety of topics from the business to the the craft of photojournalism. A free reception will follow. View the line up of seminars here.
The second day will consist of workshops taught by VII Photographers and AbelCine Instructors, emphasizing video, camera movement, and enabling technologies. Workshops will be 3-4 hours in length, with a separate admission. Workshops for March 1 include:
Follow the individual workshop links above for more information and registration.
Published today on National Geographic’s PROOF blog, a film produced by Talking Eyes Media in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark and VII Photo Agency, Notes for My Homeland. “Malek Jandali is no ordinary musician. The Syrian-American composer and pianist has performed in leading concert halls around the world and has also written a song so powerful that his parents were beaten in punishment for its performance.”
“I can’t think of a more stark example of how threatening art can be,” says Julie Winokur, who helped produce a new film about Jandali called Notes for My Homeland.
This film is the first professionally produced piece in a new storytelling project called “Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City,” which takes an in-depth look at immigration and the idea of American identity. The three-year collaboration between VII, Talking Eyes Media, and Rutgers University-Newark “is tasked with finding new stories that educate people about immigration.
“The professional journalists in the group will mentor students at Rutgers-Newark—the university with the most diverse student body in the nation—as they produce their own written and visual journalism. A selection of work will be presented on the website Newest Americans.”
Watch the film and learn more here »
Cristóbal Olivares of the VII Mentor Program was named one of the 2014 grantees for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project program. He is pursuing a project that addresses violence against women in Chile.
The Documentary Photography Project believes in the power of images to advance social change. Through grants and special initiatives we support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.
The guiding philosophy of our project is photography’s ability to record human rights abuses, personalize the effects of conflict, document the struggles and defiance of marginalized people, and inform public discourse. However, where we distinguish ourselves from other photography funders is in our support of projects that go beyond documentation and use the medium to foster civic engagement, education, media attention, advocacy and reform.
Since 1998, the Documentary Photography Project has exhibited and financed (directly and indirectly) more than 300 photographers from around the world who have examined timely and significant issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission.
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