Cristóbal Olivaresof the VII Mentor Program was named one of the 2014 grantees for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project program. He is pursuing a project that addresses violence against women in Chile.
The Documentary Photography Project believes in the power of images to advance social change. Through grants and special initiatives we support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.
The guiding philosophy of our project is photography’s ability to record human rights abuses, personalize the effects of conflict, document the struggles and defiance of marginalized people, and inform public discourse. However, where we distinguish ourselves from other photography funders is in our support of projects that go beyond documentation and use the medium to foster civic engagement, education, media attention, advocacy and reform.
Since 1998, the Documentary Photography Project has exhibited and financed (directly and indirectly) more than 300 photographers from around the world who have examined timely and significant issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission.
A shortlist of six finalists for the Syngenta Photography Award was announced today. The winners will be selected among the finalists of the Professional Commission and Open Competition respectively, in March 2015.
Among the six finalists, Stefano De Luigi is included among the photographers up for the $5000 first prize in the Open Competition.
The Syngenta Photography Award is an international competition which aims to stimulate dialogue and raise awareness around significant global challenges through powerful photography. Earlier this year, it invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Scarcity-Waste’.
Leica Akademie Italyand VII Photo have come together to create new growth opportunities those who wish to pursue photography as a means of personal expression, and who want to achieve a more personal and deeper vision, whether they newcomers or experts, professionals, amateurs and students.
The photographers of the prestigious photo agency VII created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists and now representing 19 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history, will teach a series of workshops at the Italian photo school – latest addition to the international circuit of the Leica academies that has branches in Germany, France, UK, USA, Russia, Singapore and Australia.
Davide Monteleone, Franco Pagetti, Tomas van Houtryve and Jocelyn Bain Hogg, will hold a series of four workshops. Workshops will focus on different subjects, but all will profit of the great experience of the chosen photographers, to allow participants to discover their full potential through the analysis of inspirational works , sessions of shooting and editing, and group discussions. Each participant will be given the opportunity to work with a Leica M camera or lens Monochrom for the duration of the course.
In 2015, Ed Kashi, Ron Haviv, Stefano De Luigi and John Stanmeyer will lead photography workshops in 4 different European capitals: Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin, as part of the Eyes in Progress’ workshops program.
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, the Visual Storytelling Workshops 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.
European project ?
This is a great opportunity for story-tellers to develop a specific story during these workshops as they will be located in different European cities i.e. as Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. Europe is a rich place for finding ideas for research and documentary subjects.
“The Her World Young Woman Achiever award was launched in 1999 and recognizes a young woman who aims higher and reaches further to achieve more. Her achievements have surpassed existing boundaries, inspiring those around her and paving the way for others in the future. She has also demonstrated the potential for attaining a higher level of success in her chosen field.” On October 17, 2014 Her World hosted an ceremonyto honor this year’s winners of the Woman of the Year and Young Woman Achiever awards.
Chi Yin was honored for her achievements in photography and passion for social justice. Her World Plus writes in the award announcement, “What Chi Yin has done with this fascination with the world has been extraordinary, a transmogrification that’s perhaps the ultimate distillation of photography as art: “Today, I am still often awed and excited by what taking a picture really is: capturing that magical instant where time, light and human life intersect.”
“When all is said and done, the Her World Young Woman Achiever award is accorded to women who are go-getters and ahead of the game; whose achievements in their working and public lives have made a mark on society.” Congratulations to Sim Chi Yin!
On September 20, VII photographer Sim Chi Yin hosted a “Meet VII” talk at the festival, which included a Q&A, a presentation of VII’s work and a video interview with Ed Kashi. On September 21, Chi Yin and Jim Dooley of Alexia Foundation gave a floor talk on Ed’s major solo exhibitionat the festival.