April 27 – May 4, 2014
Antonin Kratochvil will lead his fourth group of workshop students to Chernobyl, allowing them a look beneath the surface of this 25 year old tragedy whose repercussions still resonate to this day.
The goal of this 7-day workshop is to create one’s own photo essay about this place, which due to its unique history and bizarre visual motifs still attracts world media attention. Each photographer will work on his or her own piece, andd participants of the workshop will consult the progress of their work everyday with the instructor.
The workshop fee includes entrance admission into the Forbidden Zone, local transport, safety aids, a guide, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners outside the Forbidden Zone. A non-refundable deposit of €400 is payable on confirmation. In the event of cancellation by the workshop organizers, a full refund will be given minus €70 administration fee.
The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has a competent understanding of digital cameras and the associated editing software. Space will be limited to 12 places only.
Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter, by Igor Kostin
Chernobyl Legacy, by Paul Fusco
Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl, by Robert Polidori
Literature of facts:
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich
The VII Mentor Program, a new initiative conceived by VII Members, seeks to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom the Members consider to be the brightest new talents in the industry. 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. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program.
The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are nominated by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program must be sponsored by one of the VII Member photographers who will then work with them for two years.
The photographers currently in the program include:
My Life, My Style
“My photographic journey is very personal, and is really my life. I document what I feel, and where I’m at, which is an ever-evolving state.”
War, Politics, Fashion
Christopher Morris’ eclectic career has embraced conflict photography, political coverage, portraiture and fashion. For each, he has shaped a distinctive visual style.
Facts and Fictions
Jessica Dimmock talks to Josh Siegel, Associate Curator of films at MoMA, about practical tips on filmmaking as well as insights on breaking into the independent movie scene.
The Complete Travel Tool Kit
Ron Haviv talks to Jamie Wellford, former Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek, about preparing for the expected and the unexpected when traveling internationally to cover major news events in stills and video.
Poetry in Motion
Seamus Murphy talks to Brian Storm about his years as a journalist covering Afghanistan and world events and his recent move to making videos for the British music sensation PJ Harvey.
March 26-29, 2014
Learn and improve documentary reportage skills by covering an editorial story constructed in collaboration with Ed Kashi. Professional photographers, advanced amateurs and practicing journalists are invited to attend this workshop, in which participants will have an opportunity to delve into the challenges of storytelling and story composition by analyzing real- situation problems, editing, and caption writing. Throughout the workshop, Kashi will help students discover a unique visual language, as well as the practical and conceptual know-how needed to confront real situations that arise when reporting in the field. This workshop will also focus on how to gain new perspectives on one’s work and attitude.
Following the workshop, the portfolios produced by each participant will be published on the site of Eyes in Progress, where an evaluation committee composed of professional photo editors, journalists, creative directors and gallery curators will then critique each body of work. Social media modules will also be available to assist students in sharing work with friends and contacts.