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VII Masterclass in Warsaw

September 13, 2018 - March 17, 2019

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Sessions & Masters

1st Session

1st Session

September 13-16, 2018
with Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber

2nd Session

2nd Session

December 13-16, 2018
with Ilvy Njiokiktjien and Sara Terry

3rd Session

3rd Session

March 14-17, 2019
with Ziyah Gafic and Tomas Van Houtryve

About the Masterclass

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. 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 your professional training. Within each Masterclass session, Stefano de Luigi, Maciek Nabrdalik and the other VII tutors will invite international photography professionals, including critics, photo editors and festival directors, to present and critique.

Stefano De Luigi & Maciek Nabrdalik
Masterclass Leaders
Stefano De Luigi & Maciek Nabrdalik

You will complete a personal project during the Masterclass under the supervision of an assigned master photographer, who will also monitor you through a number of Skype calls.

The course masters range from VII photographers to numerous other internationally renowned professionals from the photography industry.

Unfolding world complexities—a distinctive signature of VII photographers—is an extremely difficult task, yet a necessary one for sketching the features of our new globalised society. Humanity’s most pressing issues, such as famine, climate change, conflicts, international geopolitics and economics, are among the themes that VII photographers have always investigated, performing a challenging but vital duty that has contributed to the narration of the rapid changes of our contemporary world.

Taking after the strong independent identity of the agency, the VII Masterclass offers you an extensive and unbiased overview of the photographic industry as a whole. Meeting photographers from outside the agency, investigating new platforms for image sharing, visiting exhibition venues and learning about their editorial choices are all elements that contribute to making the VII Masterclass.

Application Process

The Open Call will be launched on the May 1, 2018 and will close on June 14, 2018. Selected participants will be notified directly, and their names will be published on the VII Masterclass webpage and VII Photo Agency’s social media accounts before the beginning of the Masterclass.

The application will require a portfolio of 25 images and biographical information (more details on the process will be available during the Open Call).

Fee & Payment Schedule

The VII Masterclass fee is 3,000 Euros. 

Students may pay the fee once in full OR in two installments. The first installment (or full payment), must be received by July 15, 2018. The second installment must be received by August 15, 2018.

If payment is not received by the deadline, the student’s spot in the Masterclass will be forfeited and offered to participants on the shortlist.

Guests (more TBA!)

Guests who took part in the previous Masterclasses include:

  • Magdalena Herrera, Geo France’s Director of Photography
  • Paolo Cirio, Conceptual Media Artist
  • Arianna Rinaldo, OjodePez magazine Director
  • Marco Garofalo, Official photographer of “Porta Nuova” project, Milan
  • Stefano Ferranti, Using Mind Maps for Planning your Projects
  • Barbara La Malfa, Public Relations and Communications
  • Silvia Paoli, Milan Civic Photographic Archive collections
  • Sara Lando, Crowdfunding for photographers
  • Daphne Angles, Paris-based assignments editor for the The New York Times
  • Diego Orlando, Photo Editor & Special Projects at BURN Magazine
  • Alessandro Cosmelli & Gaia Light, photographers at “The Buzz Project”
  • Mauro Parissone, h24.com Director, Broadcast journalism for the digital age
  • Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University interviewed through an online panel by Jonathan Worth, author at #Phonar
  • Adeline Percept, journalist Berliner News Fabrik
  • Carolina Arantes, VII Masterclass Milan alumna
  • Mirna Campanella, public historian
  • Alisa Resnik, author & photographer
  • Michael Ackermann, photographer
  • Emilio Manfredi Analist, writer & journalist
  • Kai Wiedenhoefer, photographer
  • Barbara Stauss, Photo Editor Mare magazine
  • Michael Biedowicz, Photo Editor Zeit Magazin
  • Robert King, Creative Director, BILD digital 
  • Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar, Co-Editors in Chief Ahorn Magazine
  • Pholpo, Communication Design Studio
  • Carol Körting, Photo Editor Leica LFI
  • Felix Hoffmann, Chief Curator C/O Berlin
  • Michael Jones, Director Content & Marketing EyeEm
  • Pierre Bessard, Publisher Edition Bessard Paris

Watch: VII Masterclass Berlin 2016-17

Terms & Conditions

The masterclass fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.

If, under exceptional circumstances, such as health or accident, the instructors are made unavailable they will be replaced with another VII photographer.

All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.


September 13, 2018
March 17, 2019
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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
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Antonin Kratochvil
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Ali Arkady
  • Furkan Temir