September 11, 2014 – March 15, 2015
Tuition: €1800

Maximum enrollment: 14

This special VII Masterclass offers a sustained curriculum for 14 participants, which will take place over a period of seven months. Those who enroll will have the opportunity to take advantage of VII’s distinguished approach to helping foster the next generations of photographers. With learning structured in 3 four-day sessions to be held on a quarterly basis, 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 each participants’ professional training. Within each Masterclass session, the photographers of VII will schedule meetings with international photography professionals including critics, photo editors and festival directors.

Each participant will complete a personal project during the Masterclass under the supervision of an assigned master photographer, who will also monitor the student through a number of Skype calls. At the same time, participants will be involved in documenting sites undergoing transformation in Milan with a multimedia tool that will allow you to create a “collaborative” story and share it immediately on social networks.

The Masterclass is open to all, regardless of age and photographic identity. In order to participate, please click the view more info at the bottom of this page.

The Master photographers from the agency are: Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Antonin Kratochvil, Davide Monteleone, Franco Pagetti, Chris Morris, and Tomas van Houtryve.

The training will be supervised by Stefano De Luigi, VII photographer, and Linda Ferrari of the Photo-Berlin project.

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The program will include the following masterclass topics, led by the photographers of VII:

  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg: The photo book as a tale of a circumscribed reality
  • Antonin Kratochvil: the storytelling of a specific place
  • Davide Monteleone: The importance of awards to a photojournalist’s planning ability
  • Franco Pagetti: the importance of developing a project through a public exhibition
  • Tomas Van Houtryve: reflections on the new photojournalism, a mixture of various languages


Each quarterly session will be held Thursday through Sunday, according to the following schedule:


  • Thursday afternoon from 14:00 – 19:00
  • Friday 10:30 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 10:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 19:00
  • Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

SESSION 1 – Storytelling Online & Offline September 11 – 14, 2014 Antonin Kratochviland Tomas Van Houtryve AK_TVH In the first session, storytelling will be analyzed as a form of narrative. The defined place is identified as the main subject around which the story is developed. The first session focuses on the contents of storytelling: the research and development of a long-term project.

Additional Speakers: Magdalena Herrera (Geo France’s Director of Photography) Paolo Cirio (Conceptual Media Artist) SESSION 2 – Network, Map & Archive December 11- 14, 2014 Chris Morris* and Franco Pagetti Chris Morris and Franco Pagetti The second session will explore the theme of networking, and how this allows the development of the profession. Franco Pagetti will explore the importance of the implication of cultural and economic realities around an exhibition project that serves to enhance their work.

Additional Speakers: Sabrina Mossenta (Social Network & Web Marketing Advisor) Stefano Ferranti (Using Mind Maps for Planning your Projects)
Barbara La Malfa (Public Relations and Communications)
Silvia Paoli (Milan Civic Photographic Archive collections)

*Due to organizational reason, Anastasia Taylor-Lind has been replaced by Chris Morris.

SESSION 3 – Final Outcome March 12 – 15, 2015 Jocelyn Bain Hoggand Davide Monteleone JBH_DM_headshots

The third session will focus on the identity of a long-term project. Discussion will include in-depth review of each photographer’s project to date, and will be enriched by an exploration of appropriate awards and grants, book publications and any other means, including multimedia.

Additional Speakers Ayperi Karabuda Ecer (Editor of visual projects. Reuters,, Magnum)
Mauro Parissone ( –Broadcast journalism for the digital age)


The Masterclass is open to all interested applicants. To apply for the VII Masterclass, participants must send an email to by June 17, 2014 with the following information:

  1. The registration form, available for download here.
  2. A project of no more than 20 pictures developed with any device. Send either a link or a portfolio attached to the email, individual images numbered in display order with long side of 1200 pixels at 72dpi
  3. A 200 word biography
  4. A description (400 words max.) of the project that you intend to develop during the master classes, on the theme: “My town, my home”

A team of master photographers from the VII agency will compose the jury that will select the participants. The results will be announced by 1 July, 2014.


The Masterclass fee is € 1800 (VAT excluded) and includes 12 days of lessons, 4 30-minute Skype calls, food and drinks during the lessons and dinner on Friday evening.
Not included: flight, accommodation, any other meals. Any extra personal expenses are to be paid by the participant. Participants should bring a laptop and a smartphone. A camera is recommended but not essential.

Method of payment: through PayPal on the email address that will be provided to those selected. Payment should be made within 3 days. You can make a single payment of €1800(VAT excluded), or two payment of €900 (one by 4 July, 2014 and the other by 1 September, 2014).

The course will go through only when the minimum number of paying participants is confirmed.