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MASTER CLASSES

    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
    Snowmass, CO
    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.

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    September 11, 2014 – March 15, 2015
    Tuition: €1800

    Maximum enrollment: 14

    This special VII Masterclass offers a sustained curriculum for 14 participants, which will take place over a period of seven months. Those who enroll will have the opportunity to take advantage of VII’s distinguished approach to helping foster the next generations of photographers. With learning structured in 3 four-day sessions to be held on a quarterly basis, the key objective of this masterclass is to allow time for progress to develop and for the long-term structure to have a lasting contribution to each participants’ professional training. Within each Masterclass session, the photographers of VII will schedule meetings with international photography professionals including critics, photo editors and festival directors.

    Each participant will complete a personal project during the Masterclass under the supervision of an assigned master photographer, who will also monitor the student through a number of Skype calls. At the same time, participants will be involved in documenting sites undergoing transformation in Milan with a multimedia tool that will allow you to create a “collaborative” story and share it immediately on social networks.

    The Participants of the 2014 Masterclass have been selected. They are:

    Martina Albertazzi (Italy)
    Anette Asbjørnrød (Norway)
    Victor Breiner (Slovakia)
    Briony Campbell (UK)
    Debi Cornwall (USA)
    Rasmus Degnbol (Denmark)
    Aleid Denier van der Gon (Netherlands)
    Tomas Halasz (Slovakia)
    Joshua Irwandi (Indonesia/UK)
    Meeri Koutaniemi (Finland)
    Sally Low (UK)
    Ingun Alette Maehlum (Norway)
    Susanna Mammi (Italy)
    Nadège Mazars (Colombia)
    Carolina Moreira (France)
    Miisha Nash (UK)
    Allison Davis O’Keefe (USA)
    Jessica Pepper-Peterson (Italy)
    Caterina Ragg (Italy)
    Emilie Richardson (USA)
    Orestis Seferoglou (Greece)
    Filip Springer (Poland)
    Daniel Uhlmann (France)
    Richard van Bennekom (Netherlands)

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    The Master photographers from the agency are: Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Antonin Kratochvil, Davide Monteleone, Franco Pagetti, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, and Tomas van Houtryve.

    There will be eight other European speakers who will take part in the training program.

    The training will be supervised by Stefano De Luigi, VII photographer, and Linda Ferrari of the Photo-Berlin project.

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    VII MASTERCLASS MILAN SYLLABUS

    The program will include the following masterclass topics, led by the photographers of VII:

    • Jocelyn Bain Hogg: The photo book as a tale of a circumscribed reality
    • Antonin Kratochvil: the storytelling of a specific place
    • Davide Monteleone: The importance of awards to a photojournalist’s planning ability
    • Franco Pagetti: the importance of developing a project through a public exhibition
    • Anastasia Taylor-Lind: new media platforms for professionals
    • Tomas Van Houtryve: reflections on the new photojournalism, a mixture of various languages

     

    Each quarterly session will be held Thursday through Sunday, according to the following schedule:

     

    • Thursday afternoon from 14:00 – 19:00
    • Friday 10:30 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 20:00
    • Saturday 10:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 19:00
    • Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

     

    SESSION 1 – Storytelling Online & Offline

    September 11 – 14, 2014 Antonin Kratochvil and Tomas Van Houtryve

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    In the first session, storytelling will be analyzed as a form of narrative. The defined place is identified as the main subject around which the story is developed. The first session focuses on the contents of storytelling: the research and development of a long-term project.

    Additional Speakers:
    Magdalena Herrera (Geo France’s Director of Photography)
    Paolo Cirio (Conceptual Media Artist)

    SESSION 2 – Network, Map & Archive

    December 11- 14, 2014 Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Franco Pagetti

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    The second session will explore the theme of networking, and how this allows the development of the profession. Franco Pagetti will explore the importance of the implication of cultural and economic realities around an exhibition project that serves to enhance their work, and Anastasia Taylor-Lind will discuss the importance of virtual networking and the use of social media.

    Additional Speakers:
    Sabrina Mossenta (Social Network & Web Marketing Advisor)
    Stefano Ferranti (Using Mind Maps for Planning your Projects)
    Barbara La Malfa (Public Relations and Communications)
    Silvia Paoli (Milan Civic Photographic Archive collections)

    SESSION 3 – Final Outcome

    March 12 – 15, 2015 Jocelyn Bain Hogg and Davide Monteleone

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    The third session will focus on the identity of a long-term project. Discussion will include in-depth review of each photographer’s project to date, and will be enriched by an exploration of appropriate awards and grants, book publications and any other means, including multimedia.

    Additional Speakers
    Ayperi Karabuda Ecer (Editor of visual projects. Reuters, Aday.org, Magnum)
    Mauro Parissone (h24.com –Broadcast journalism for the digital age)

    September 21 – 28, 2014
    Fee: €2200

    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.

    For registration, please contact k.knyc@verizon.net and CC vaclav.vasku@ecn.cz.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

    Photography publications:
    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

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VII Mentor Program

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:

Visual Journeys


Christopher Morris
War, Politics, Fashion

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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

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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.


Ron Haviv
The Complete Travel Tool Kit

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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.

WORKSHOPS
July 2014

Jul 19, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
Ragusa, Italy

Ragusa, Italy
Class size: 6-10
Tuition: € 250

Davide Monteleone will be conducting a workshop “A Personal Distance” at the 2014 Ragusa Fotofestival. This workshop will address “approaches and practices of contemporary documentary photography, through a deep look into long-term photographic projects.”

Davide Monteleone highlights the workshop goals, “I’ll try to make people understand different narrative forms and different ways to structure a job, as well as an effective strategy to produce the project.” Crucial developmental questions will be addressed, like how to identify themes, patterns and problems that address and question the society we live in, both locally and globally. Monteleone will teach his personal method of working and project development as well as discuss participants’ finished projects or works-in-progress. This workshop will help participants develop a critical perspective on creating original long-term projects.

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Jul 21, 2014
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July 21, 2014
Cost: € 110.5 until May 31, 2014 / € 130 from June 1, 2014
Maximum enrollment: 20

As part of the Cortona on the Move Festival, to be held July 17 – September 28, Anastasia Taylor-Lind will join Olivier Laurent for a one day workshop on engaging audiences of photography through social media. Taylor Lind will discuss her ongoing long-term project ‘Negative Zero’ and how she reaches a diverse online audience using social media tools. Laurent, editor of FLTR—the world’s first weekly magazine on smartphone photography—and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Photography, will join Taylor-Lind in discussing how to build a following on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and to debate some of the new and exciting issues that arise from disseminating work in this way. For more information, please send an email to workshop@cortonaonthemove.com

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Jul 25, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
Kamouraska, Canada

July 25 -27, 2014
Camtec Photo/Leica Camera
Kamouraska, Quebec
Class size: 12
Tuition: $475

Held annually, the M Vision Atelier features two renowned photographers who spend a weekend with a small group of participants exploring different approaches, styles and applications to help nurture our unique way of seeing. This year’s instructors, Ed Kashi and Eduoard Plante Fréchette, will host the workshop in the charming village of Kamouraska. The emphasis is placed on getting out there, taking photographs and having fun.

Participants will have the ability to rent a Leica M system to work with for the duration of the workshop.

Registration request deadline is June 15, 2014.

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Jul 27, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014
Tuscany, Italy

July 27 – August 2, 2014
TPW
San Quirico d’Orcia, Siena, Italy
€ 1,185

At the end of July, Christopher Morris will host a workshop, “Learning to See,” 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 ways to expand on that vision to help separate them in the industry.”

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August 2014

Aug 16, 2014
London, United Kingdom

August 16, 2014
Frontline Club, London, UK
Tuition: £150.00, (Students: £125.00)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind will join Olivier Laurent for a one day workshop on how to reach and engage with an online audience via social media. Highlighting a variety of successful social media projects by photographers, Taylor-Lind and Laurent will examine the different ways that creative output can be generated using these online tools. Taylor Lind will discuss her ongoing long-term project ‘Negative Zero’ and how she reaches a diverse online audience using social media tools. Laurent, editor of TIME’s LightBox, will join Taylor-Lind in discussing how to build a following on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and to debate some of the new and exciting issues that arise from disseminating work in this way.

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September 2014

Sep 5, 2014 - Sep 7, 2014
Woodstock, United States

September 5 – 7, 2014
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Woodstock, NY
Class size: 15
Tuition: $440

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.

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Sep 6, 2014 - Sep 7, 2014
Frankfurt, Germany

10-6pm

As part of the Fotographie Forum Frankfurt’s special Summer Academy program, Davide Monteleone will be teaching a two-day workshop centered on documentary photography from Sept. 6-7, 2014. The Summer Academy 2014 program “addresses itself to all those persons who use photography as a medium for individual expression. The groups of participants are made up of ambitious photographers, as well as beginners, advanced learners and progressionals, young people and art students.”

Monteleone will also be giving a lecture, “From the Soul to Thank You” on the evening of Sept. 6 directly following the workshop session at 6pm.

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Sep 22, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
Juba, Sudan

Ed Kashi will be teaching a National Geographic Photo Camp in South Sudan this coming September. In partnership with Vision Workshops, National Geographic Photo Camp operates worldwide to give youth a voice.

“Our mission is to provide opportunities for young people from under-served communities, including at-risk and refugee teens; to provide cross-cultural learning experiences through the photo workshop process; and to work with the next generation of photojournalists to highlight youth perspectives on issues of importance to all.”

“Photo Camp inspires young people to explore their communities through a camera’s lens and to share their vision through public presentations and exhibitions.”

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November 2014

Nov 20, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014
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fee: €750
class size: 12

How should photographic work be structured? What strategies do working photographers use to select and edit images? What distinguishes a reporter from an auteur?

In this workshop, Stefano De Luigi will address these questions by analyzing work from a range of sources: the century’s main photographers, his own and that of his students. Starting from the 1930s and concentrating on the main categories of the classics and the outsiders, De Luigi will uncover the history of reportage and clarify its most complex aspects. He will illustrate how two apparently very different approaches evolved separately, to then cross paths and come together again at the beginning of the new millennium.

This workshop is for those already experienced in photography, both amateurs or professionals, who are interested in reportage and who already have projects to share and discuss with others. Attention will also be given to the contemporary editorial market.

Required materials: Ten images that represent your work as a whole and one or two examples or attempts of reportage to share and discuss.

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January 2015

Jan 22, 2015 - Jan 29, 2015
Kolkata, India

Class size: 8
Tuition: $4,400

“Make a difference to a local community with your photographs while exploring the breathtaking beauty of India.”

Join PhotoPhilanthropy and Ed Kashi for a photography expedition to Kolkata, India. A small group of participants will spend a week in January 2015 shooting street photography in one of the world’s most visually rich cities. Partnering with Landesa, a global non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, the group of photographers will create important visual stories of rural village life. The trip will provide a meaningful photography learning experience, while creating images that become vital visual advocacy tools for Landesa. Contact PhotoPhilanthropy for more info on how to register.

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