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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.

June 2017

Jun 6, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017
San Francisco,

The Leica Akademie USA and Leica Store San Francisco will hold a week-long workshop with documentary photographer and filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier from June 6 – 10, 2017.

Developing visual narratives and photo essays is at the foundation of traditional documentary photography. This workshop provides the opportunity to develop a photo essay from beginning to end under the guidance of Danny Wilcox Frazier.

Danny will share the lessons he has learned from over 20 years as a working photographer. This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from a working professional and educator who is dedicated to long term projects and renowned for his ability to capture intimate and emotional stories.

Over the course of five days’ students will learn how to become better storytellers, developing an initial concept into a finished slideshow.


Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017

Long time friends and collaborators and co-founders of VII, Ron Haviv and Gary Knight met in Bosnia in the early 1990′s where they were photographing the war in the former Yugoslavia and have been close friends ever since.

Both photographers produced some of the most important and celebrated work of their careers in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, during the wars that lasted from 1991 through to 1999. They are returning to former Yugoslavia to teach their first photography masterclass in a region still struggling to emerge from that violent civil war.

The masterclass draws from the workshops they have taught independently for over a decade.This masterclass will appeal to anyone interested in pushing the limits of their photography. Whether you are a professional fine-tuning your vision, a committed amateur, or student wanting to learn new techniques to reach your potential or you simply want to have a fantastic photographic adventure this workshop will be an intense and transformative learning experience.

Utilizing one week of programming the masterclass is designed to maximize the amount of time you will have for photography without compromising the time for instruction, technique and thoughtful critique.

The program will start with a day of preparation in storytelling and technique in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Following that, you will commence a 5-day photography project where you can immerse yourself in a story of your choice in the rich and diverse culture of the region. We will conclude the workshop with a day of editing and post production and a projection on the last night


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.