Category: Ashley Gilbertson

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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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)

 

Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th

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. 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.

Day 1: Seminars

10:00 AM Keynote Address

A look at the future of photojournalism from a thought leader within the industry.

Tom Kennedy (Executive Director, American Society of Media Photographers)

10:45 AM Evolving Audiences, Changing Markets

This is a period of intense transition in the field of photojournalism and, in particular, how we create, share and ultimately reach clients and audiences. This seminar will explore new ways to effectively work in the whirlwind of change, create interesting projects, find new clients and reach ever broader audiences with photography and visual storytelling. There will be a special emphasis on the uses of social media to be creative and effective in the development of your vision, career and outreach.

VII: Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi

Panelists: Kainaz Amaria (NPR), Ben de la Cruz (NPR)

11:45 AM Lunch Break

A light lunch will be provided for all attendees.

12:45 PM The New Market: Still and Motion

Media outlets traditionally reserved for photography have stretched their borders to include video essays and mixed media presentations, and photographers are often the creators. The New York Times Op-Docs, Red Border Films at Time and short films on the New Yorker are all places where photographers are showcasing their video work. Additionally, for the past several years, documentary films at Sundance or Academy Award nominees have been created by photographers. This is no accident – photographers excel at this visual language. The new market means that photographers are not only shooting in new ways, but that storytelling opportunities that previously excluded us are now open. This panel will use concrete examples of work being created using the same sensibility (and often the same tools) from our photographic training. The panel will also explore the opportunities available in a variety of formats – mixed media, short form video, narrative length film.

VII: Jessica Dimmock, Ed Kashi

Panelist: Julie Winokur (Talking Eyes Media)

1:45 PM Balancing Advocacy, Journalism and Funding

As the support and space for meaningful visual journalism has shrunk in the editorial world, there are now new ways to create stories with impact and purpose in collaboration with advocacy groups and like-minded organizations, whether large institutions or small NGOs. This seminar will provide examples of how you can make a difference and make a living.

VII: Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv

Panelist: Pete DiCampo (Everyday Africa), Nathalie Applewhite (Managing Director, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Getting Your Job Done (Safely) in a Changed World: Security and Awareness

Photojournalists put a human face on crises that too often remain hidden, but the human costs of covering those areas have multiplied as media resources have shifted. This panel of journalists, editors and freelancers will speak about the challenge from all sides to keep journalists safe.

VII: Ron Haviv

Panelist: Delphine Hagland (Reporters Without Borders), Neal Jackson (Founder & Executive Director, Trauma Training for Journalists)

4:00 PM Equipment Evolved: Photographer Toolbag

This seminar will discuss the tools you need to produce hybrid visual works for the new markets and opportunities opening up to photojournalists and documentary storytellers today.

VII: Jessica Dimmock

Panelist: Jeff Lee (AbelCine)

5:00 PM Reception

Day 1: Workshops

Workshop #1: 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. 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 three-decade career.

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

Workshop #2: Seeing Like a Photographer, Shooting Like a Videographer

We come from the belief that photographers make great videographers. As still photographers, we are often taught the old adage that “if your picture isn’t good enough, you weren’t close enough”. And because of this, with a small camera in hand, we aim to get as close as possible – close to our subjects, to the emotional feel of a situation, inside of places previously unseen, close to what feels like the truth. When we are introduced to video, while the tools may get heavier, that instinct does not change. But photographers often don’t know how to shoot to make a scene and a narrative. This is something that must be taught, practiced, and observed. This workshop is designed to talk about how to shoot for an editor – how to come back with footage that is visually varied and dynamic, and doesn’t leave holes that are impossible to fill once the situation has left. We will discuss the importance of storyboarding, shooting for coverage, and how to learn to provide the connective tissue that is so essential to video. This workshop applies to short form and long form alike and pairs well with the afternoon workshop, Equipment Options for Today’s Storytellers.

Instructors: Jessica Dimmock (VII Photographer) & Jeff Lee (Training Manager, AbelCine)

Workshop #3: D.C. Uncovered with Ash and Ed

Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi will lead students around D.C. and guide them on how to approach subjects, compose their frames, and find new and unexpected angles. A short editing critique will follow the shooting session, and the best work from each student will appear on the VII Photo Instagram feed.

Ed Kashi (VII Photographer) & Ashley Gilbertson (VII Photographer)

Workshop #4: Equipment Options for Today’s Storytellers

These days the equipment possibilities are endless, and as you transition to shooting video, it is hard to know where to begin. Making video can range from holding your DSLR in front of you to attaching cameras to stabilizing rigs. We will walk you through the equipment available to you and how to find the perfect marriage between the technical application of the gear and the creative vision you are hoping to achieve. We will also discuss the choices that go into sound recording – doing it on your own, using off camera audio recordings, or working with a sound guy (or girl). We will explore various set ups and how they will change how you operate in the field. During this workshop we will explore the individual equipment priorities for participants and help them develop the kit that is best suited for their needs. This workshop pairs well with the morning workshop, Seeing Like a Photographer, Shooting Like a Videographer.

Instructors: Jeff Lee (Training Manager, AbelCine)& Jessica Dimmock (VII Photographer)

 

Note: Canon Professional Services (CPS) members will receive a signed VII photographer’s 8×10 print (valued at $100) at the event. When registering, please be sure to include your CPS member number.

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