April 27 – May 4, 2014
Antonin Kratochvil will lead his fourth group of workshop students to Chernobyl, allowing them a look beneath the surface of this 25 year old tragedy whose repercussions still resonate to this day.
The goal of this 7-day workshop is to create one’s own photo essay about this place, which due to its unique history and bizarre visual motifs still attracts world media attention. Each photographer will work on his or her own piece, and participants of the workshop will consult the progress of their work everyday with the instructor.
The workshop fee includes entrance admission into the Forbidden Zone, local transport, safety aids, a guide, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners outside the Forbidden Zone. A non-refundable deposit of €400 is payable on confirmation. In the event of cancellation by the workshop organizers, a full refund will be given minus €70 administration fee.
The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has a competent understanding of digital cameras and the associated editing software. Space will be limited to 12 places only.
Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter, by Igor Kostin
Chernobyl Legacy, by Paul Fusco
Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl, by Robert Polidori
Literature of facts:
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich
June 29 – July 5, 2014
Class size: 14
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Photographing the world around us requires one to confront a myriad of professional and personal challenges. Overcoming these difficulties leads one to become a better storyteller. In this upcoming Maine Media Workshops+College course, award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv—who has produced images of some of the most important conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines around the world—will help participants improve their imagery by focusing on strengthening one’s personal visual voice. To ensure a high quality of individualized instruction, the course will be capped at just 14 students. Through a combination of portfolio reviews, assignments and editing sessions, Haviv will guide each student to finish the workshop prepared to embrace a multi-faceted approach to photojournalism, from developing a personal sensitivity to working in the field and getting work seen.
Jul7 6 – 12, 2014
Class size: 14
Levels: Advanced, Master
This workshop invites photographers to experience a unique way of exploring people through portraiture—to look at the psychology of the portrait, stripping away the accessories and distractions and unveiling the raw information within. Antonin teaches how, in the difficult art of portraiture, it is possible to show ones personal style of interpretation. There are daily assignments that help participants develop their ability to encourage and capture emotional content and create a memorable portrait series. At the end of the workshop, Antonin will critique work and help students with a final edit through his forty-four years of experience.
A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission.
Fee: € 1,185
This workshop to be held July 20 – 26 in Tuscany and led by Franco Pagetti—one of the principal chroniclers of the Iraq war—is open to both professional and emerging photographers. Throughout the course—geared towards exploring the full range of expressive possibilities of the photographic medium—Pagetti will explain to and teach participants how to construct and develop a photographic project through the critical stages of production: conception, realization, and promotion of the project—delving into the crucial points of each phase.
Students will learn how to identify a subject that interests not only the photographer, but also the media and the public; to search for a personal artistic style; and to confront the practical aspects tied to the profession of photojournalism—such as the presentation of one’s work in editorial terms, the management of relationships with the editing office of newspapers and magazines, and the functioning mechanisms of photographic agencies. Through the daily meetings and editing sessions, participants will be challenged to deepen their capacity to tell a visual story and to convey an immediate and coherent message, giving them the opportunity to explore how to combine one’s personal narration with the expectations of the photographic market.
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August 11 – 15, 2014
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: $1145 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1345
Studio Fee: $100
The digital age is giving documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary new ways to tell stories with greater authorship and control. This workshop focuses on how to create a personal documentary project and get it seen. The ultimate goal is to learn how to find a subject that speaks to a personal passion, document it in a compelling and unique visual style, and disseminate the work effectively to change people’s minds and help write history. Ed Kashi will show how to develop an idea, get funding, get access, determine goals and disseminate artwork to create an impact.
The VII Mentor Program, a new initiative conceived by VII Members, 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:
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.
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.
The Complete Travel Tool Kit
Ron Haviv talks to Jamie Wellford, former Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek, about preparing for the expected and the unexpected when traveling internationally to cover major news events in stills and video.
VII is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new education initiative offering storytelling workshops around the world for high school and college-age photographers.
Through a partnership with Rustic Pathways—an established provider of innovative, international student travel programs for 30 years—the renowned photojournalists of VII will guide small cohorts of students through an immersive learning experience.
This program is tailored specifically for students and young photographers who wish to develop skills in visual story telling. Working side-by-side with VII photographers as their mentors, students will be challenged and inspired to develop their photography while exploring the magic and complexity of another country. Groups will be limited to 16 participants and two mentors to make the most of opportunity for one-on-one time with their instructors. At the end of each program students will have built a portfolio that reflects their personal growth.
These programs are open to those interested in storytelling including, but not limited to, students of photography and journalism. Students will need to provide their own equipment but there are no prerequisites and we believe that stories can be told as effectively with a camera phone as with an expensive DSLR camera.
Applications will be accepting on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications submitted prior to March 1, 2014. To secure specially discounted airfare departing from NYC, flights must be purchased by March 15, 2014.
Learn and improve documentary reportage skills by covering an editorial story constructed in collaboration with Ed Kashi. Professional photographers, advanced amateurs and practicing journalists are invited to attend this workshop, in which participants will have an opportunity to delve into the challenges of storytelling and story composition by analyzing real- situation problems, editing, and caption writing. Throughout the workshop, Kashi will help students discover a unique visual language, as well as the practical and conceptual know-how needed to confront real situations that arise when reporting in the field. This workshop will also focus on how to gain new perspectives on one’s work and attitude.
Following the workshop, the portfolios produced by each participant will be published on the site of Eyes in Progress, where an evaluation committee composed of professional photo editors, journalists, creative directors and gallery curators will then critique each body of work. Social media modules will also be available to assist students in sharing work with friends and contacts.
Prague, Czech Republic
Antonin Kratchovil, born and based in Prague, will be hosting a workshop there during the last week in May. Students will gain all the benefits of immersing themselves in a community with the help of a native.
Working with Kratchovil, students will get the chance to see Prague through through the eyes of a native as well as someone who has spent many years away from the city. The workshop will take participants to many parts of the city and let them examine mysteries and legends such as Tycho Brahe, the Golem, the alchemists, Rabbi Loew, Dr. Faustus, and Jewish cemeteries.
July 8 – 11, 2014
During this four-day workshop, Ed Kashi will show participants how to develop a story idea, get funding, get access, and most importantly disseminate their work to create an impact on the subject, issue and hopefully society. The course will look at photographs, multimedia and short films to consider the range of options available to tell a story. Students will have 3 days of shooting and review sessions, plus a group critique of each student’s portfolio/essays during the workshop.
The registration deadline is May 31, 2014.
At the end of July, Christopher Morris will host a workshop that aims to assist students in developing their own personal style.
Getting regular work as a photographer and being able to sustain yourself as a professional is not a matter of luck, but of style. Students will shoot and edit their own photos with the assistance of Morris and will attend daily lectures by the photographer.
“With the class, I will attempt to open up the students mind in the many varied photographic styles from past and present. Will explore and discover some kind of distinct style in their own work. With way’s to expand on that vision to help separate them in the industry.”
Woodstock, United States
September 5 – 7, 2014
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Class size: 15
This intensive three-day workshop led by Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur will allow you to share your work in an intimate session to learn about how to create a personal documentary project for publication, books, exhibitions and websites. With editorial photography changing so dramatically, there has never been a greater need for the documentary photographer to be able to put a personal stamp on their work. Emphasis in this workshop will be developing a unique personal vision about a subject you are passionate about, and subsequently how to disseminate the work effectively.