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.