Category: Ziyah Gafic

#BosniaWarJournalists

In Srebrenica in 1995, 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serb Military and Paramilitary units under the direct command of the Government of Serbia led by Slobodan Milosevic in what the International Criminal Court labeled a genocide. After this war crime, Peter Handke, the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, traveled through Serbia, writing a text subtitled “Justice for Serbia.” He later spoke at the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of the Republic of Serbia who was tried for crimes against humanity in The Hague, but who died before a verdict was reached.

On December 10, the day Handke received the Nobel Prize, reporters and photographers who documented these crimes used the hashtag #bosniawarjournalists to testify to what happened during that war and its aftermath.

VII Photo Agency Director and Co-Founder, Gary Knight, posted this photograph of his friend Mevludin Oric. Mevludin survived a mass execution at Srebrenica by falling to the ground when the machine guns opened up and spent the night hiding under his cousin’s body. He relives that experience every day

Explore more photos and stories, including those by VII’s Ron HavivPaul LoweChristopher MorrisSara Terry, and Ziyah Gafic here.

It’s Time to Fight tb in children
VII Photo Agency is proud to have partnered with the Stop TB Partnership to create a multimedia campaign to raise awareness worldwide about the challenges faced by children affected by drug-resistant tuberculosis in getting diagnosed and treated.

Maggie SteberMary Gelman, Ashley Gilbertson, and Ziyah Gafic traveled to Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria to produce photo and video content that supports the discussion around why there needs to be new tools to diagnose and treat TB. It is a treatable and curable disease yet children are still dying from it.

The Stop TB’s Global Drug Facility (GDF) set up the Pediatric Drug-Resistant TB Initiative aiming to ensure access to the best possible treatments to children suffering from one of the deadliest diseases that exist.

For decades, there were no child-friendly medicines to treat drug-resistant TB, so doctors had to treat them with drugs created for adults. But that is changing, and now there are new child-friendly medicines to treat drug-resistant TB in children.

Watch the video here.

Ziyah Gafic's Quest for Identity

The photos in Ziyah Gafic’s Quest for Identity don’t really fit into the rest of his body of work. The images, quiet and clinical photos of objects left behind by those killed in summary executions in the Bosnian War, are a sharp contrast from the intimate and human moments that fill the stories from the rest of his 20-plus years as a documentary photographer. But looking a little more deeply at the project, it’s clear that they share a through-line common to all of his work across the globe.

sarajevo vii academy seminar

Our partner, the VII Academy, is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 dedicated to young professional photographers from the wider Balkan region. Over a period of nine months, this interdisciplinary seminar will be led by instructors and VII Photo Agency members Dr. Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic and will be complemented with a series of sessions by leading journalists, designers, writers, editors, and photographers.

The open call for the seminar starts on July 15, 2019, with a deadline of August 17, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by August 24, 2019. Free to scholarship recipients.

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