The VII Academy, a project of the VII Foundation and partner of VII Photo Agency, will be hosting a special event celebrating and highlighting women’s roles in storytelling about nature and the environment, including writers, photographers, filmmakers, as well as camera and sound operators. We will be exploring what a feminine perspective means to women, what they bring in their art and why it is important for society as a whole. We will be giving space for women’s ideas and work that are innovative and important for all audiences to see.
The festival will be held in the dynamic city of Perpignan, France from October 18-21, 2019. Presenters hail from the media, literature, academia and research, and legal and commercial worlds. Programming will include professional workshops, seminars, film screenings, and mentoring.
Admission is free and certain events will be open to the public. Read more about this event at naturethroughhereyes.com.
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.
Internationally renowned photographer Dr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik, and VII Foundation board member, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka after 10 pm on August 5, 2018. According to security guards of the apartment building and other eyewitness reports, there were roughly 30 to 35 men, in plain clothes, who claimed to be from the Detective Branch (DB), who went upstairs, brought down Dr Alam, who was screaming as he was forcibly pushed into the waiting car, a HiAce, with the words Popular Life Insurance, written on the outside. They taped up the CCTV camera and took away the CCTV camera footage. The guards were manhandled and locked up. His partner Rahnuma Ahmed, was in a neighboring flat, raced downstairs on hearing the scream, but the car carrying him and two other cars waiting outside, sped away.
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