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VII Masterclass in Warsaw

September 13, 2018 - March 17, 2019

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

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 di Luigi, Maciek Nabrdalik and the other VII tutors will invite international photography professionals, including critics, photo editors and festival directors, to present and critique.

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 (names of the six masters to be announced shortly) 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.

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

The application process for the masterclass will open on June 1, 2018. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when more details are available!

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