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July 2016

Shooting Home 2016

July 27, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Started in 2003 by Objectifs, Shooting Home is an annual program designed with the belief that ‘home’ is the first step for aspiring photographers to explore their professional careers. Shooting Home brings together a community of mentors, including VII's Sim Chi Yin, to create a supportive environment for emerging photographers to develop as professionals. With “shooting home” as a central theme, participants are encouraged to draw inspiration and stories from their existing environment and find their own voice as a photographer.…

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August 2016

Ground Up – Telling Stories in the Multimedia Age

August 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Whether for assignments and commissions, or long-term personal projects, the skills of telling a compelling character-driven story come in useful. In this digital age, our story-telling toolbox has hugely expanded, and thus how we approach storytelling through photography has also changed. This workshop explores the world of possibilities the digital age has brought to photography and the ways photographers have embraced this new way of storytelling into their own work. “One of the privileges of a life as a journalist…

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September 2016

Confronting Choice in Your Photojournalism Career

September 26, 2016 @ 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm

with Gary Knight

CreativeLive (Free Online Broadcast)

September 26, 2016 at 3:45PM EDT

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October 2016

The Visual Voice

October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016

This intense 2-day workshop with Ron Haviv and Michael Robinson Chavez in Hyderabad, India on October 1 and 2 will explore the multi-faceted approaches to photojournalism and documentary and help guide you on your own path. Students will learn what is required of a photographer, not just in the field but also organizing workflow and having images published and marketed. Developing a personal sensitivity and visual style will be discussed. Haviv and Robinson Chavez will encourage participants to work using…

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Smartphone Photography Workshop

October 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

On October 5, spend a unique day with Ed Kashi in Paris and discover the creative possibilities of smartphone photography. You will learn about exposure, composition, artistic vision, creative apps, and storytelling through presentations by Ed, a photo shoot in the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, and an edit-and-critique session following the shoot. All participants must bring a mobile device with a camera such as an iPhone, WindowsPhone, or Android smartphone and 3-5 of their own favorite photos. The workshop…

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Intensive One-Day Workshop with Gary Knight and Ron Haviv

October 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join Gary Knight and Ron Haviv for an intensive one-day workshop on October 9, 2016 at OBJECTIFS in Singapore that will explore multi-faceted approaches to photojournalism and help you answer questions that will guide you on your own path. Both Knight and Haviv have documented conflict and pursued stories on social and human rights issues over the last three decades, and have received critical acclaim for their collections of work. As co-founders of the internationally renowned photo agency VII, Knight and…

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Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

October 21, 2016 - October 24, 2016

Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story. To refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing. Most of all, this workshop will help you discover your own visual language as well as practical and conceptual know how to confront real situation reportage making. This workshop will also focus on how to gain a new perspective on one’s works and attitude. This will be a hands on…

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November 2016

Unleashing your Creative Potential

November 24, 2016 - November 27, 2016

This workshop with Tomas van Houtryve at LFI Photographie in Hamburg, Germany will focus on unleashing your creative potential. Participants will learn how to find inspiration outside of photography and channel it into building a narrative with images. On the first day, the portfolios and backgrounds of the participants will be examined, and the instructor will present case studies of how creative ideas are generated and turned into photo essays. On the second day, each participant will be assigned a specific…

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December 2016

Angkor Photo Workshop

December 3, 2016 - December 10, 2016

The Angkor Photo Workshop is an annual tuition-free professional workshop aimed at nurturing emerging talent from Asia. Each year, 30 participants are selected from across the region to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an intensive week-long workshop conducted by international professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of this initiative. Participants will be expected to complete one photo story each during the workshop, and will be guided by their tutors through all stages – from conceptualizing…

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Shooting with Purpose

December 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Two scholarships covering workshop fees are available for photographers native to Southeast Asia. Apply here by November 13, 2016. From December 15-17, 2016, join VII Photo Agency co-founder and photojournalist Gary Knight in a 3-day intensive master class to learn more about and embark on purpose-driven documentary projects at Objectifs in Singapore. Since 1988, Gary has covered global conflicts, human rights and the impact of war on civilians as a freelance photojournalist. He is now an experienced educator and engages in…

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February 2017

Near and Far

February 1, 2017 - February 5, 2017

The Dallas Center for Photography will be having Ed back to Dallas to lead a workshop on the concept of Working Near and Far from February 1 - 5, 2017. Over four days students will meet at the studio and go out in the field to discover what photography means to them in the context of visual storytelling. The following topics will be explored: Near: Photographing a detail in your home that tells where you live and what you do…

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June 2017

One Camera, One Lens

June 6, 2017 - June 10, 2017

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.

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Visual Storytelling with Ron Haviv and Gary Knight

June 16, 2017 - June 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

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August 2017

Summer Photography Workshop in Ireland

August 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - August 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The workshop led by Gary Knight and Santiago Lyon will be held over 6 days in Dublin, Ireland from the 26th to the 31st of August. The workshop is open to 12 professional and committed amateur photographers. We are excited to have guest speaker, author and photographer Finbarr O'Reilly, join us for a presentation. There will be a strong emphasis on career building and career management by the tutors and guests. They all have unique career experiences and skills that…

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September 2017

VII Workshop: Narrative Photography with Ashley Gilbertson & Ed Kashi

September 25, 2017 - September 30, 2017

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.

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December 2017

Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age with Ed Kashi

December 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - December 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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4-day workshop
Oil pipelines create a walkway for this young woman through the village of Okrika, in the Rivers state, Nigeria on June 24, 2006.

Improve upon your documentary reportage techniques by covering an editorial story in this 4-day workshop (December 27 - 30, 2017) in New York City. Students will refine their storytelling approach and story composition by analyzing real-life problems, images analysis, editing and caption writing. Most of all, this workshop will help students discover their own visual language, as well as practical and conceptual techniques, and learn how to confront real-life situations in reportage making. This workshop will also focus on gaining…

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March 2018

ALL AT ONCE: Visual Storytelling with VII in Barcelona

March 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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3-day workshop
An all girls group of Young Communist League members walks past a statue of Chairman Mao Zedong in front of the Yan'an Revolutionary Memorial Hall in Yan'an, China on Nov. 7, 2009. Yan'an is promoted as the "Revolutionary Holy Land" and offers a number of museums, monuments and other "Red Tourism" sites supported by the Chinese government.

In March 2018, VII members will convene in Barcelona for their annual meeting. On this occasion, from March 26-28, the agency will hold a 3-day workshop.

Instructors: The Members of VII
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Cost: €990
Duration: 3 Days
Class size: 60

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June 2018

Outside Lies Magic

June 21, 2018 - June 24, 2018
San Francisco, USA San Francisco, United States + Google Map

Inspired by the teaching of Harvard Professor and landscape historian John Stilgoe, this short workshop is about the acute observation of ordinary things in one of America’s most beautiful cities: San Francisco.

Instructors: Gary Knight, Maciek Nabrdalik
Location: San Francisco, USA
Cost: $1,150 USD
Duration: 4 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

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July 2018

VII Summer School of Storytelling

July 6, 2018 - July 12, 2018
Photo by Ziyah Gafic

This intensive weeklong workshop featuring three tutors will explore not only how to develop and refine your distinctive visual style and vision, but also how to plan long-term projects–and execute them.

Instructors: Paul Lowe & Ziyah Gafic
Location: Sarajevo, Lukomir, Srebrenica, Bosnia
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 20
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: Deadline has passed

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August 2018

Storytelling & Social Media Workshop

August 15, 2018 - August 22, 2018
Yogyakarta Yogyakarta, Indonesia + Google Map
Storytelling & Social Media Workshop with John Stanmeyer and Linda Bournane Engelberth

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

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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