The VII Masterclass is one of the most ambitious and exhaustive training programs available. It aims to develop and consolidate new talent in documentary photography and photojournalism over a period of six months. It is structured around three seminars with workshop sessions and multiple one-on-one online interactions woven in between. The principal 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.
September 29-October 2, 2022
December 15-18, 2022
March 23-26, 2023
The following VII photographers will join as guest tutors over the course of the 2022/2023 Masterclass.
Additionally, VII Masterclass Leaders, Stefano de Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, will invite international photography professionals, including critics, photo editors, and festival directors, to present and critique your work during each session. The course guests range from VII photographers 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 globalized 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.
Building on the unique and independent identity of the agency, the VII Masterclass offers you an extensive and candid view of the photographic industry as a whole. Meeting photographers from outside the agency, investigating new platforms for image sharing, readings, and learning about their editorial choices are all elements that contribute to making the VII Masterclass.
The long list of the guests who lectured at 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 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, an 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
- Mathieu Asselin, Photographer
- Dimitri Beck, Editor in Chief of Polka Magazine
- Giancarlo Ceraudo, Photographer
- Rémi Coignet, Critic
- Laura El-Tantawy, Photographer
- Agata Grzybowska, Alumnus of VII Masterclass
- Katarzyna Sagatowska, Curator and coordinator of photography auctions
- Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala, Blow up press publishing
- Laia Abril, photographer
- Myriam Meloni, photographer
- Arnau Bach, photographer
- Ania Nalecka, Book designer
- Simon Norfolk, photographer
The Open Call call for the VII Masterclass in Arles starts on May 15, 2022. The deadline for the applications is June 19th.
Selected participants will be notified directly, and their names will be published on the VII Masterclass webpage and VII Photo Agency’s social media accounts before the beginning of the Masterclass.
The application will require a portfolio of up to 25 images and biographical information.
Fee and Payment Schedule
The total fee is 2,750 Euros.
The applicants will be informed by July 1, 2022.
Successful applicants may pay the fee once in full OR in two installments. The first installment (or full payment), must be received by July 10, 2022. The second installment must be received by August 10, 2022.
If payment is not received by the deadline, the applicant’s spot in the Masterclass will be forfeited and offered to participants on the shortlist.
Terms and Conditions
The masterclass fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.
If under exceptional circumstances, such as health or accident, the instructors are made unavailable they will be replaced with another VII photographer.
All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.