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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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In September, we teamed up with EyeEm to discover the most talented emerging visual storytellers from their community. “Untold Stories” challenged photographers to tell the stories of the people and places around us that don’t have a voice of their own and remain unseen, yet happen every day in front of our very own eyes. Over 3,000 photographers submitted more than 12,000 photos, ranging from the in-depth documentary coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe to stories from Georgia, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Ghana, India, the Philippines and beyond.

This photo mission was launched in conjunction with the open call of the VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has mentored some of the brightest new photography talents since its start in 2008. Today, EyeEm and VII are excited to announce the winner and runner-ups of this special collaboration.

Photo by Rafael Graf

At a Commonwealth reception held at St James’s Palace on October 27, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales were presented with images taken from the landmark photography exhibition, Time to See.

Time to See aims to bring to the attention of the Commonwealth and the world the impact of avoidable blindness, and the solutions readily available to end it. There are 98 million people in the Commonwealth today who are blind or have low vision, yet four out of five needn’t be. There are straightforward, known solutions that can make an incalculable difference to the lives of millions of individuals and families who are unnecessarily affected.

Five multi-award winning photojournalists, including VII’s Ashley Gilbertson and Poulomi Basu, visited seven countries across the Commonwealth – Australia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda – to document the impact completely avoidable forms of blindness are having on people and communities.

Time to See highlights work that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Standard Chartered are developing and supporting to prevent avoidable blindness.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee said, “We are honoured to have been given this opportunity to present images from our exhibition Time to See to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Time to See demonstrates the incredible work that our partners are delivering across the Commonwealth to save the sight of millions. The sad, and often unknown reality is that 80% of blindness is avoidable, and we hope that these striking images, taken by of some of the Commonwealth’s leading photographers, will harness the awareness and further support of others to help us achieve our ultimate goal of ending avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth.”

The full exhibition will be on display at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta from 26th to 28th November 2015, where The Queen and The Prince of Wales will also be present.

The exhibition will tour the Commonwealth throughout 2016.

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)

 

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Members

  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve

Emeritus

  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Antonin Kratochvil
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Ali Arkady
  • Furkan Temir

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