Workshop & Masterclass Schedule 2018

VII has been committed to education and vocational training since it was founded in 2001 and has a reputation for innovation in this field. We take education very seriously and in addition to the vibrant program of seminars, workshops and masterclasses you see here, a number of our members have created and direct undergraduate and graduate level degree courses at universities in Europe and the United States. With our partner the VII Foundation, we are building a new educational institution, and over the coming months, we will be announcing exciting new developments in higher education and vocational training. 

Creating a safe learning environment for our students and mentees is of paramount importance  to VII and over the last few months we have created an ethical code for our workshop teachers and mentors that we will rigorously enforce. All official VII workshops and education experiences are governed by this code. We believe that we are the first photo agency to implement such a code and we encourage student and teacher participation and feedback in improving it over time.

Photo by Esa Ylijaasko of VII Masterclass Berlin.

We are pleased to introduce a series of workshops and masterclasses aimed at amateur and professional photographers for 2018. Our education program is accessible and designed to welcome students of different skill levels and experience. The program includes seminars, short workshops of 3 days to 9 days, and masterclasses that are serialized over a period of months. A limited number of scholarships underwritten by our partner the VII Foundation are available to students from the majority world and post-conflict societies. Details of these are available on the individual workshop pages.

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Storytelling & Social Media Workshop with John Stanmeyer and Linda Bournane Engelberth

Storytelling & Social Media Workshop

August 15, 2018 - August 22, 2018

This workshop is now full.
Instructors: John Stanmeyer and Linda Bournane Engelberth
Location: Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Cost: $2,300 USD
Duration: 8 Days
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships: No

Oslo Diary

September 10, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Spend a week getting closer, reaching deeper and taking your photography to new places.

Instructors: Linda Bournane Engelberth, Danny Wilcox Frazier
Location: Oslo, Norway
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 6 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships: No

VII Masterclass in Warsaw

September 13, 2018 - March 17, 2019

The VII Masterclass is the most ambitious and exhaustive training program available. Aimed at developing and consolidating new talent in documentary photography and photojournalism over the course of seven months, it is only offered every other year and takes place in three sessions of four days each.

Instructors: Stefano de Luigi, Ziyah Gafic, Ed Kashi, Maciek Nabrdalik, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry and Tomas Van Houtryve

1st Session: September 13-16, 2018
2nd Session: December 13-16, 2018
3rd Session: March 14-17, 2019

New York

September 23, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Anyone can make a strong photograph, but what makes a great one?

Instructors: Ed Kashi, Ashley Gilbertson
Location: NYC, USA
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 6 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

Photo by Sara Terry

Finding your Visual Voice

October 15, 2018 - October 19, 2018

This workshop is about the emotional and sub-conscious content of photos; about making photos that come from that place and how to define your own voice.

Instructor: Sara Terry
Location: New York, USA
Cost: $1,500 USD
Duration: 5 Days
Class size: 10
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. At the gravesite of Necmettin Erbakan, who died on Feb. 27, 2011 at the age of 84, well wishers pray for the father of contemporary political Islam in Turkey, at the Merkez Efendi cemetery in Istanbul, Turkey on March 11, 2011. The current Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, leader of the AKP, is his political heir.

Storytelling in Istanbul: City of a Million Tales

October 27, 2018 - November 3, 2018

In this workshop participants will spend much their time outside, together with local fixers, exploring the streets and homes of Istanbul, meeting strangers, and crafting their stories

Instructors: Anush Babajanyan, Ed Kashi
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Cost: $2,200 USD
Duration: 8 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

Rising Fast: Africa’s changing urban spaces

November 11, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Using Nairobi, Kenya as a canvas, you’ll produce an in-depth photographic essay on the aspect of the city’s dynamism that most engages you.

Instructors: Nichole Sobecki, Danny Wilcox Frazier
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 20
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships: Yes

Photo by Jessica Dimmock

Transitioning from Photography to Video

November 12, 2018 - November 16, 2018

We believe that photographers make great filmmakers, and in this workshop, we’ll help you make the transition from stills to video.

Instructors: Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock, Carlos Javier Ortiz
Location: Oakland, USA
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 5 Days
Class size: 18
Skill level: Photographers starting to work in video
Scholarships: No

Photojournalism And Responsible Storytelling In Today’s World

November 15, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Learn to forge your own path as a photographer while still adhering to the highest standards of responsible journalism in this intense multi-session workshop.

Instructor: Ron Haviv
First Session: November 15 - 18 2018
Second Session: March 2019
Location: Officine Fotografiche Milano, Milan, Italy
Cost: 1500 €
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (participants announced on October 4)

This workshop is part of the VII Tutor Program — a partnership with Officine Fotografiche Milano.

Photo by Daniel Schwartz

Tribes of Nagaland Hornbill Festival

December 1, 2018 - December 6, 2018

Explore the Hornbill Festival with your camera, documenting the activities and conveying the emotions you feel as you encounter the seemingly strange–or relatively mundane.

Instructor: Gary Knight & Daniel Schwartz
Location: Kohima, Nagaland, North East India
Cost: $2,000
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships available: No

Born Free: Exploring Long-term Photo Projects in Today’s South Africa

January 11, 2019 - January 17, 2019

Journey to South Africa to work on your long-term project and develop your photographic vision.

Instructors: Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Sara Terry
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs (“mid-level”) and professional
Scholarships: No

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Members

  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve

Emeritus

  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Ali Arkady
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Sharon Castellanos
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold

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