Category: Ed Kashi

72nd POYi Awards

The winners of the 72nd POYi Awards have been announced, and VII Photo Agency is pleased to share the news that photographers Ed Kashi, Marcus Bleasdale, and Tomas van Houtryve were all recognized in this year’s awards.

Ed Kashi was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year highlighting his films “Syria’s Lost Generation”, “Mexico: Needless Suffering at End of Life”, “Under Cane”, and more. In addition, Kashi received First Place in the category of Documentary Journalism for his “Syrian Refugees” project.

Marcus Bleasdale received an Award of Excellence in the News Picture Story category for his “Central African Republic – Inferno” body of work.

Tomas van Houtryve’s “Blue Sky Days” project received an Award of Excellence in the Issue Reporting Picture Story category.

See all POYi Awards here.

In 2015, Ed Kashi, Ron Haviv, Stefano De Luigi and John Stanmeyer will lead photography workshops in 4 different European capitals: Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin, as part of the Eyes in Progress’ workshops program.

Aim

Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story. To refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing. Most of all, the Visual Storytelling Workshops will help you discover your own visual language as well as practical and conceptual know how to confront real situation reportage making. This workshop will also focus on how to gain a new perspective on one’s works and attitude.

European project ?

This is a great opportunity for story-tellers to develop a specific story during these workshops as they will be located in different European cities i.e. as Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. Europe is a rich place for finding ideas for research and documentary subjects.

The schedule so far is as follows:

Ed Kashi in Barcelona – April 8 – 11, 2015
Ron Haviv in Berlin – May 20 – 23, 2015
Stefano De Luigi in Paris – June 17 – 20, 2015

Read the full press release here.

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Congratulations to VII’s Ed Kashi, winner of one of the top international photographers awards at the 14th annual Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP).

On September 20, VII photographer Sim Chi Yin hosted a “Meet VII” talk at the festival, which included a Q&A, a presentation of VII’s work and a video interview with Ed Kashi. On September 21, Chi Yin and Jim Dooley of Alexia Foundation gave a floor talk on Ed’s major solo exhibition at the festival.

PIP is China’s oldest and largest photo festival.

Hussein Jamil Abdullah, 28, sits on his couch in his army uniform, April 15, 2012, Baghdad, Iraq. On January 22, an Improvised Explosive Devise, IED, detonated near an Iraqi Army base in Fallujah. Abdullah was nearby when the explosive discharged, knocking him to the ground. He lay there for half an hour, his right leg in an jerry-rigged tourniquet made from a headscarf, before he was taken to hospital. Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, an education initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be amongst the brightest new talents in the industry.

The photographers, who were chosen from 150 applicants, will each be mentored by a VII photographer for a period of two years, to build and develop necessary skills, expand his or her own professional practice, and help broaden their professional world, such as building relationships with editors, publishers and galleries.

They are:

• Poulomi Basu (India) – to be mentored by Stefano DeLuigi
• Maika Elan (Vietnam) – to be mentored by John Stanmeyer
• Ali Arkady (Iraq) – to be mentored by Ed Kashi
• Arthur Bondar (Ukraine) – to be mentored by Donald Weber
• Cristobal Olivares (Chile) – to be mentored by Christopher Morris

The VII Mentor Program has been a critical success and, over the coming months, the agency will be seeking partnerships with other organizations to increase the opportunities it can offer to the mentored photographers. “We hope to develop production grants, training and further skill development initiatives for them,” says VII’s Gary Knight.

“The VII Mentor Program is unique in that it offers an opportunity for photographers from all over the world – especially those from a majority of the world where photographic opportunities are much harder to find – to have access to expertise, experience and a platform to distribute their work worldwide with one of the most prestigious photo agencies in the world today,” says VII photographer Ed Kashi.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind, who joined the Mentor Program in 2009 and is now a full member of VII, says: “When I joined the Mentor Program in 2009 I was working part-time as a chiropractor’s receptionist to fund my documentary projects. I knew how to make pictures then, but not how to be a photographer. My mentor Ron Haviv taught me how to find my photographic voice and by the time I left two years later I was a fully fledged full-time photojournalist.”

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