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VII Mentor Program

The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom the Members consider to be the brightest new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program. The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are nominated by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program must be sponsored by one of the VII Member photographers who will then work with them for two years.

The photographers currently in the program include:

Visual Journeys

Christopher Morris
War, Politics, Fashion


Christopher Morris’ eclectic career has embraced conflict photography, political coverage, portraiture and fashion. For each, he has shaped a distinctive visual style.

Jessica Dimmock
Facts and Fictions


Jessica Dimmock talks to Josh Siegel, Associate Curator of films at MoMA, about practical tips on filmmaking as well as insights on breaking into the independent movie scene.

September 2017

Sep 25, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
New York City, United States

Long time friends and collaborators, Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi, are known for unique approaches to stories for high profile clients including The New York Times, National Geographic, The New Yorker and NGO clients including UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders. Gilbertson and Kashi met in 2009 in New York and have been close friends ever since, seeing one another regularly for snacks, schivtzes and perhaps too many espressos. Between meals, they’ve also worked on editorial pieces together, including the award-winning It’ll Be Better Next Year and The Undecided.

Gilbertson and Kashi have taught various sold out workshops in the past, though they have never hosted a week long masterclass together. Gilbertson almost never does workshops of this length due to commitments to shooting, so this is perhaps an even rarer opportunity than usual.
The two bring unique talents to the class that participants can learn from, including thinking outside of the box, approaching strangers, making powerful images in confronting situations, and above all, how to photograph how a place feels over how it looks. The emphasis in this workshop is how to get in touch with your feelings and how to translate them into great photographs with feeling.

Anyone can make a strong photograph – as evidenced by a cursory glance at some of the 2 billion photos uploaded every day. What makes a great photograph? Emotional content. Mood. Feel. This masterclass will be beneficial to anyone looking to push the boundaries of their photography–how to capture emotion in a narrative; the image as a stand alone image; the approach itself.

This workshop will be designed from courses Gilbertson and Kashi have independently taught at institutions including International Center of Photography, Yale University, Syracuse University, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Maine Media Workshops. Your time actually out shooting will be maximized without compromising the time for instruction and lectures and constructive critiques.

Anyone from professionals looking to hone their talents to students looking to learn new techniques are welcome, as are people looking for a New York adventure with a couple of insiders.

The program will begin with three days of preparation in narrative photography and technique in New York City’s East Village. We will conclude the workshop with three days of editing as we shoot and post production including toning and captioning. A slide show and dinner will be held for participants one the final night in President Trump’s residence on Fifth Avenue. If he reneges on his offer, then we’ll have it at Ashley’s apartment.


October 2017

Oct 25, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017
Berlin, Germany

€1050 (Early Bird €980 before Aug. 2) Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story from October 25 – 28, 2017 in Berlin. To refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing. Most of all, this workshop will help you discover your own visual language as well as

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November 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 21, 2017
Beijing, China

Zone Foto will host a four-day workshop with Christopher Morris, Ed Kashi, and Sim Chi Yin in Beijing, China from November 18 to November 21, 2017. This is the first VII workshop in mainland China. With a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers, participants will develop their visual language and

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December 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017
New York City, United States

*Enroll by September 27 for the early-bird discout rate of 1020 €!* Improve upon your documentary reportage techniques by covering an editorial story in this 4-day workshop (December 27 – 30, 2017) in New York City. Students will refine their storytelling approach and story composition by analyzing real-life problems, images analysis, editing and caption writing. Most of all, this workshop

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March 2018

Mar 26, 2018 - Mar 28, 2018
Barecelona, Spain

Photo by Tomas Van Houtryve / VII In March of 2018, VII photographers will convene in Barcelona, Spain for their annual meeting. On this occasion, from March 26 – 28, 2018, the agency will hold a 3-day photography workshop with Eyes in Progress at the Catalan Civic Center Casa Golferichs in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. This will be the

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