Leica Akademie Italy and VII Photo have come together to create new growth opportunities those who wish to pursue photography as a means of personal expression, and who want to achieve a more personal and deeper vision, whether they newcomers or experts, professionals, amateurs and students.
The photographers of the prestigious photo agency VII created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists and now representing 19 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history, will teach a series of workshops at the Italian photo school – latest addition to the international circuit of the Leica academies that has branches in Germany, France, UK, USA, Russia, Singapore and Australia.
Davide Monteleone, Franco Pagetti, Tomas van Houtryve and Jocelyn Bain Hogg, will hold a series of four workshops. Workshops will focus on different subjects, but all will profit of the great experience of the chosen photographers, to allow participants to discover their full potential through the analysis of inspirational works , sessions of shooting and editing, and group discussions. Each participant will be given the opportunity to work with a Leica M camera or lens Monochrom for the duration of the course.
The calendar of workshops is as follows:
- December 13 – 14th: Davide Monteleone
- January 10 – 11th: Franco Pagetti
- January 31 – February 1st: Tomas van Houtryve
- February 28 – March 1st: Jocelyn Bain Hogg
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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.
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
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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.
• 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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