Workshop & Masterclass Schedule 2019

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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The Photojournalism Survival Guide

January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019

Throughout this weekend you will get a solid foundation for working independently with research and storytelling. The teaching is versatile, and Ron will talk about and show his work and life, as well as how to find your own voice and story in photography.

with Ron Haviv
January 19 - 20, 2019
Oslo, Norway

Three Faces of Portraiture

April 1, 2019 - April 7, 2019

During this seven-day workshop, photographers will experience three different approaches to one of the most revealing — and challenging — genres of photography: portraiture.

Instructors: Maggie Steber, Sara Terry, Tomas Van Houtryve
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost: $2,200 USD
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 18
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships: Yes

Photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz.

Artistic Practice in Documentary: From Stills to Videos

April 25, 2019 - April 28, 2019

The workshop would be a non-shooting experience with intensive discussions on topics ranging from Carlos and Ed’s artistic practice to their business models.

Instructors: Ed Kashi, Carlos Javier Ortiz
Location: San Francisco
Cost: $1600 USD
Duration: 4 Days
Class size: 15
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships: No

Narrative Photography with Ashley Gilbertson & Ed Kashi

September 23, 2019 - September 27, 2019

This workshop 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.

Instructors: Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi
Location: New York
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 5 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals

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  • 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


  • 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