Upcoming Workshops

VII offers a wide variety of dynamic and intensive educational experiences in different regions with a diverse group of photographers.
  • Outside Lies Magic
    June 21 – 24, 2018
    San Francisco

  • VII Summer School of Storytelling
    July 6 – 12, 2018
    Sarajevo, Bosnia

  • Oslo Diary
    September 10 – 15, 2018
    Oslo, Norway

  • VII Masterclass in Warsaw
    September 13 – March 17, 2019
    Warsaw

  • New York
    September 23 – 28, 2018
    New York City

  • Finding your Visual Voice
    October 15 – 19, 2018
    New York City

In September, we teamed up with EyeEm to discover the most talented emerging visual storytellers from their community. “Untold Stories” challenged photographers to tell the stories of the people and places around us that don’t have a voice of their own and remain unseen, yet happen every day in front of our very own eyes. Over 3,000 photographers submitted more than 12,000 photos, ranging from the in-depth documentary coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe to stories from Georgia, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Ghana, India, the Philippines and beyond.

This photo mission was launched in conjunction with the open call of the VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has mentored some of the brightest new photography talents since its start in 2008. Today, EyeEm and VII are excited to announce the winner and runner-ups of this special collaboration.

Photo by Rafael Graf

At a Commonwealth reception held at St James’s Palace on October 27, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales were presented with images taken from the landmark photography exhibition, Time to See.

Time to See aims to bring to the attention of the Commonwealth and the world the impact of avoidable blindness, and the solutions readily available to end it. There are 98 million people in the Commonwealth today who are blind or have low vision, yet four out of five needn’t be. There are straightforward, known solutions that can make an incalculable difference to the lives of millions of individuals and families who are unnecessarily affected.

Five multi-award winning photojournalists, including VII’s Ashley Gilbertson and Poulomi Basu, visited seven countries across the Commonwealth – Australia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda – to document the impact completely avoidable forms of blindness are having on people and communities.

Time to See highlights work that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Standard Chartered are developing and supporting to prevent avoidable blindness.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee said, “We are honoured to have been given this opportunity to present images from our exhibition Time to See to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Time to See demonstrates the incredible work that our partners are delivering across the Commonwealth to save the sight of millions. The sad, and often unknown reality is that 80% of blindness is avoidable, and we hope that these striking images, taken by of some of the Commonwealth’s leading photographers, will harness the awareness and further support of others to help us achieve our ultimate goal of ending avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth.”

The full exhibition will be on display at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta from 26th to 28th November 2015, where The Queen and The Prince of Wales will also be present.

The exhibition will tour the Commonwealth throughout 2016.

VII Perspectives: Migration

TuftsSaturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday Nov. 15
Tufts University
Medford, MA
Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student)
Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student)

Commemorating 10 years of VII and IGL collaboration and the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership, the world’s leading photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency will explore their coverage of the continuing migration and merging of societies and cultures through a series of presentations and panels featuring recent work from the Syrian refugee crisis and discussion with academic experts followed by a day of hands on workshops.

VII founder, Gary Knight and Chair of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the IGL, celebrating its 5th Anniversary at Tufts University, will be joined by fellow VII Members Ron Haviv, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, John Stanmeyer, Maciek Nabrdalik and Franco Pagetti.

Saturday, Nov. 14: Agenda

Location: Barnum Hall, Room 008
163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

1:15 PM
PART ONE – HISTORY: The First Migration
Man has been seeking better opportunities since our ancestors’ first migration out of Africa. John Stanmeyer is documenting man’s journey and subsequent evolution with National Geographic’s Out of Eden Project – an epic 21,000-mile, seven year odyssey from Ethiopia to South America.

2:00 PM
PART TWO – CRISIS: The European Refugee Crisis
VII photographers are documenting the developing refugee crisis from its origins in the Syrian uprising to the beaches of Greece and beyond. Technology has both expanded the reach and immediacy of their work while challenging our definition of a true image.
VII Photographers: Ron Haviv, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti and Ashley Gilbertson
Panelist: Glenn Ruga, Founder of Social Documentary Network and ZEKE Magazine
Moderated by Sherman Teichman, Founding Director, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM
PART THREE – THE AFTERMATH: Changing Face of Identity in Europe
What comes next when the act of migration is over? Ed Kashi will present his work on Police Profiling in Europe and how it impacts immigrants in France, Holland and the UK.

4:15 PM
The Newest Americans Project: Ed Kashi, Ashley Gilbertson
VII has partnered with the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University Newark, and Talking Eyes Media, on a 3 year multi-platform digital storytelling project to provide a glimpse into the world of the Newest Americans and our demographic future. We will show three short films, one of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to bring in the element of internal migration in the US with our African American population and the Great Migration up north in the 20th Century, a film about an American Syrian composer that delves into the power of music and the Syrian revolution, and American Sueño, a short film from Ron Haviv.

5:00 PM
Reception

Note: The Saturday seminar is FREE to all Tufts University students with valid ID.

Sunday, Nov. 15: Workshops

Location: 550 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

11:00 AM
Workshop #1: Street Photography (limit 15)

Ed Kashi and Maciek Nabrdalik will lead students around Boston and guide them on how to approach subjects, compose their frames, and find new and unexpected angles. An editing critique with the photographers will follow the shooting session.

Instructors: Maciek Nabrdalik (VII Photographer), Ed Kashi (VII Photographer)

Note: Participants should bring a camera of their choosing smartphone or 35mm — digital so that they can download and edit after the shoot. If possible, students should also bring a laptop.

11:00 AM
Workshop #2: Survival: The Complete Travel Toolkit

Ron Haviv will share tips and tricks on how best to survive and thrive in the before, during, and after of a shoot. Your assignment starts before you leave your house: planning, packing and preparing are key components of success, and even the best plans can go awry. From how to pitch a story, find funding and do a budget this workshop will discuss how to plan for success and cope with disaster, with suggestions and anecdotes from a seasoned professional and photojournalist. Learn directly from Ron how to identify and avoid the mistakes he has made over his two decade career.

Instructor: Ron Haviv (VII Co-Founder and Photographer)

 

?Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers

VII is excited to announce that we are partnering with EyeEm, the world’s premier photography community and platform, to discover some of the world’s most promising and talented emerging photographers. To coincide with the announcement of our 2015 Mentor Program open call,? we’re launching Untold Stories with EyeEm, a 3­-week photo mission that aims to discover the most thought-­provoking and visually compelling untold stories from the EyeEm community and beyond.

Share the untold stories of your world

Every image tells a story. This mission is about the stories that are untold. It’s the stories of the people and places around us that don’t have a voice of their own and remain unseen, y?et happen everyday in front of our very own eyes. ?What are the untold stories that you have witnessed? Take a look around, capture a moment, tell the story in your caption and submit it to this mission.

Win a portfolio review with a VII photographer

From the entries, the jury, consisting of Donald Weber, Sarker Protick and Maciek Nabrdalik, will select 25 finalists and one winner. The top winner receives a one­-on-­one portfolio review with a VII photographer. The review aims to expand the winning photographer’s practice ?and to support them in their journey as engaged visual storytellers.

Two runner-­ups will receive a signed book from VII photographers. All finalist images will be featured on the EyeEm blog.

The jury

Maciek Nabrdalik

Maciek Nabrdalik is a documentary photographer based in Poland. He is a member of the prestigious VII Photo agency. Although Nabrdalik works worldwide his main concentration is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe.

Maciek’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland and appears in the Smithsonian Magazine, L’Espresso, Stern, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek Polityka, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal among others.

His awards include honors from World Press Photo (2014), Pictures of the Year International (2013, 2011), NPPA The Best of Photojournalism (2012, 2011, 2010) and multiple awards in his native Poland. In 2012 he was awarded with grant from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to continue his project on Nazi camps survivors worldwide, which was published as a book called The Irreversible in 2013.

Donald Weber

Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has since devoted himself to the study of how Power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects; what he records is its secret collaboration with both masters and victims.

Weber is the author of four books. His first, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, won the photolucida Book Prize and asked a simple question: what is daily life actually like, in a post-atomic world? His next book, Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it is included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III.’ His latest book, Barricade, is a collaboration about the smoking language of the Ukrainian Revolt’s siege apparatus, released fall, 2014. ‘War Sand’ is about forensic inquisitiveness and existential wondering beyond the endless quiet that lies beyond the flare of bold historical events.

Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a teenager he wanted to be a musician and songwriter, but discovered photography around the age of 24. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he enrolled at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute to learn photography. Sarker’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, GEO Magazine, The New Yorker, La Libèration, National Geographic, Die Zeit, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times and Wired, among many others.

In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Sarker was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he went on to win a World Press Photo award for his story ‘What Remains’ and selected for PDN’s 30.

Sarker is currently teaching at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy.

How to take part

In the EyeEm app, tag your photos with “Untold Stories.” Your photo will then be automatically added to the album. If you want to add a photo that you’ve already uploaded, just go to your profile, view the photo and select “Edit Photo.” From there, you can add the tag, “Untold Stories”.

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About EyeEm

EyeEm is a global community and marketplace for real photography. With a community of more than 15 million, EyeEm is a place for photographers of any ability to share, interact, and learn more about photography. Through EyeEm’s photo Missions, Market and global exhibitions, the community showcases their work to brands, individuals and any other third parties interested in licensing images. There are currently over 60 million images on the platform.

About the VII Mentor Program

The VII Mentor Program is a unique initiative that has mentored some of the brightest new photography talent since its start in 2008. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. Submissions are open until November 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM.

Read more about it and apply here.

?About Untold Stories by EyeEm and VII Photo

Untold Stories was created out of several conversations between EyeEm and VII photographers Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi. Based on our common belief in the power of images to tell today’s stories, we’re teaming up to discover new talents in the EyeEm community & beyond to support them in their journey as visual storytellers.???

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  • Ruddy Roye
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  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Antonin Kratochvil
  • 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

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