to Jun 24

Outside Lies Magic June 21, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Instructors: Gary Knight, Maciek Nabrdalik
Location: San Francisco, USA
Cost: $1,150 USD
Duration: 4 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

About the workshop

Inspired by the teaching of Harvard Professor and landscape historian John Stilgoe, this short workshop is about the acute observation of ordinary things in one of America’s most beautiful cities: San Francisco. The workshop will encourage you to become aware in everyday places, to see in utterly new ways, to enrich your life and your photography unexpectedly through the appreciation of what is around you everyday. We encourage you to work on any kind of photography that you want to, whether it be street photography, narrative, portraiture or urban landscape. The workshop will be held during San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade.


Day 1 (21 June): 

6pm: Meet in San Francisco for two hours. 

You’ll spend the first day with Gary and Maciek working on storytelling technique, which will include a portfolio review and discussion about your projects for the following week. Group dinner in the evening.

Day 2 and Day 3:

You will work on your own photography during the day, returning in the evening for a daily edit session with Gary or Maciek. Gary and Maciek will present their own photography and the work of other photographers. Both will be available to talk about the craft and business of photography.

Day 4:

Final day to shoot. In the afternoon you will work with Gary and Maciek to edit and sequence your work culminating in a projection in the evening followed by dinner.


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to May 10

Palm Springs Photo Festival. Workshop with Gary Knight


GARY KNIGHT: The Complete Photojournalist

Orientation Sunday, May 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

VII Photo Agency co-founder and multiple award winning photojournalist Gary Knight will conduct a special workshop using both observed and constructed portraiture, and interview. Knight is very involved in giving agency to the people photographed by photojournalists. He has been working on portraits of people with stories to tell, and using very long interviews (sometimes 2 or 3 hours long) with them so they can narrate the story that accompanies their portraits. Today photojournalists must bring home more than photography if they want to tell the stories of the people affected by the conflicts they cover. Video, interviews and still photographs are now required to tell stories in our digital online world.

In this workshop, photographers will photograph and interview people, the result being a comprehensive portrait giving that person’s story a fuller and more intensive examination than the photographic portrait alone.

Gary Knight will present his recent work, and help to provide guidance for the members of the class as they prepare, produce and complete their portraits. Gary is the principle architect and Director of the VII Photo Agency and Director of the VII Foundation. He has successfully funded a number of projects which you can see on the VII Agency and websites. He is happy to discuss any area of the contemporary photography business he can help you with.



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to Jun 23

Workshop in Bosnia with Gary Knight & Ron Haviv

Visual Storytelling with Ron Haviv and Gary Knight



Long time friends and collaborators and co-founders of VII, Ron Haviv and Gary Knight met in Bosnia in the early 1990′s where they were photographing the war in the former Yugoslavia and have been close friends ever since.

Both photographers produced some of the most important and celebrated work of their careers in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, during the wars that lasted from 1991 through to 1999. They are returning to former Yugoslavia to teach their first photography masterclass in a region still struggling to emerge from that violent civil war.The masterclass draws from the workshops they have taught independently for over a decade.

This masterclass will appeal to anyone interested in pushing the limits of their photography. Whether you are a professional fine-tuning your vision, a committed amateur, or student wanting to learn new techniques to reach your potential or you simply want to have a fantastic photographic adventure this workshop will be an intense and transformative learning experience.

Utilizing one week of programming the masterclass is designed to maximize the amount of time you will have for photography without compromising the time for instruction, technique and thoughtful critique.

The program will start with a day of preparation in storytelling and technique in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Following that, you will commence a 5-day photography project where you can immerse yourself in a story of your choice in the rich and diverse culture of the region. We will conclude the workshop with a day of editing and post production and a projection on the last night.


Prior to the masterclass you will have the opportunity to work by e-mail with Gary and Ron to develop an idea that you can photograph during the masterclass. Your idea can be developed further when the masterclass starts.

Day 1: June 16

You will spend the first day with Gary and Ron working on storytelling technique which will include a portfolio review and discussion about your projects for the following week. Group dinner in the evening.

Day 2 through Day 6: June 17 – 21

You will work on your own projects in Bosnia, returning in the evening for a daily edit session with Ron or Gary. Ron and Gary will present their own Balkan work and the work of other photographers who have worked in the region during the week and both will be available to talk about the business of photography.

Day 7: June 22

Final edit. You will work with Gary and Ron to edit and sequence your work culminating in a public projection in the community on the 7th day.

Depart on June 23


The masterclass fee is $3,000.

There will be a maximum of 16 attendees. All participants must be 18 years or older. Reserve your spot with a 40% deposit.

During the Sarajevo assignments Gary and Ron will be based downtown. Sarajevo is a small city and easy to walk around. Students are responsible for their own accommodation, food, travel and all other costs associated with the masterclass.

Please contact workshops@viiphoto.com for further information and read the Terms & Conditions here.

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to Apr 26

Photography Workshop with VII in Paris

Photography Workshop with VII's Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil and Christopher Morris.

Date: April 23-26, 2017
Location: Central Dupon Images, Montmartre, Paris
Cost: The price is $530 USD


In celebration of VII’s Fifteenth Anniversary and the dual exhibitions in Paris during the Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris, VII Photo, Cosmos Gallery and Central Dupon Images are excited to announce a very rare photography workshop opportunity – four days with four of the Founding Members of VII Photo Agency!

The workshop will be a combination of presentations and open discussions with the entire group, as well as breakout sessions into four small, intimate groups enabling you time with each of the four photographers over the course of the workshop. The final day will also include a group discussion with each participant presenting his or her recent work.

Each VII Member will offer their unique learning opportunities including:

Your Visual World with Ron Haviv

Photographing the world around us often involves a myriad of professional and personal challenges that can teach us to be better photographers. Whether working in one’s own neighborhoods or overseas, Haviv helps participants better their imagery by focusing on personal visual voice through a combination of portfolio reviews, assignments and editing sessions. He’ll also teach you that your assignment starts before you leave your house with tips for assessing your preparedness, safety, and support while in the field. Marketing, distribution and new means of support will be discussed. This workshop embraces a multi-faceted approach to photojournalism today, from developing a personal sensitivity to working in the field and getting work seen.

The Politics of Representation and the Politics of the Image with Gary Knight

How do you represent the world with your photographs? What are the ways in which your photographs might be interpreted? Gary will draw from his vast career and that of his friends and associates to help guide a deeper understanding of representation. Gary will engage participants in discussions about the moral conflicts that photographers can face and the imperative of having a point of view. Also, Gary will help the participants learn how to construct proposals for magazines, other media and for grants. This includes working on the idea, how to turn that into a photographic concept, how to write that into a proposal and how to make a budget.

Your Inner Eye with Antonin Kratochvil

Antonin has been greatly influenced by his childhood experiences in refugee camps. His stark and haunting black and white photography have defined heights of unconventional photographic techniques. Antonin will explore the need to understand one’s own background as an integral part of their journey to find their inner eye. Pulling from his diverse body of work Antonin will lead a discussion about how your work can be the product of personal experience, intimate conditioning and not privileged voyeurism.

Learning to See with Christopher Morris

Christopher will expose the group to the different forms of photojournalism that are prevalent today, leading a discussion around the common mistakes that many working photographers are making, while also highlighting the successes of what makes a good photograph. Christopher will also share his working formulas for portraiture, filmmaking and archiving.

An enthusiastic, curious mind, and a thumb drive with your most recent work.

Workshop Fee

The price is $530 USD (includes refreshments throughout the days, lunches, and a closing night get-together with beer/wine and light snacks).

Please contact workshops@viiphoto.com for further information and read the Terms & Conditions here.


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to Dec 10


Soe, boatman, philosopher, poet.

Soe, boatman, philosopher, poet.

Long time friends and collaborators, Gary Knight and Philip Blenkinsop are two of the most celebrated photographers of their generation.  They met in South East Asia in the late 1980's where they were photographing the war in Cambodia and have been close friends ever since. Occasionally they re-unite to teach and after a few years hiatus this new masterclass has evolved. It draws from both the legendary workshops they have taught together in Asia for over a decade and the pedagogy of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at Tufts University which Knight founded in 2010.

This masterclass will appeal to anyone interested in pushing the limits of their photography. Whether you are a professional fine tuning your vision, a committed amateur or student wanting to learn new techniques and reach your potential or you simply want to have a fantastic photographic adventure, Gary and Philip's workshops have a reputation for being intense and transformative learning experiences.

Utilizing two weeks of programming rather than the more typical one week, the masterclass is designed tomaximize the amount of time you will have for photography without compromising the time for instruction, technique and thoughtful critique.

The program will start with three days of preparation in storytelling and technique in Bangkok, Thailand. Following that you will depart on a solo field project where you can immerse yourself in a story of your choice in one of the rich and diverse cultures of Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam or Laos. We will conclude the workshop with four days of editing and post production in Cambodia at the Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap which Gary and Philip conceived during a workshop there in 2004.

More information and registration: http://www.garyknight.org/new-workshops/

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War Diaries, University of California, Irvine
to Nov 29

War Diaries, University of California, Irvine

  • Viewpoint Gallery, A311 Student Center, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gary Knight, Peter Maass and Tim McLaughlin,

War Diaries

November 9–29, 2016
Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center

November 9, Viewpoint Gallery
with Gary Knight, Tim McLaughlin, and Peter Maass

November 10, 11am–12:30pm, HG 1030
with Gary Knight, Tim McLaughlin, and Peter Maass

When the invasion began in 2003, Lt. Tim McLaughlin commanded a Marine Corps tank into Iraq. Writer Peter Maass and photographer Gary Knight drove rental cars. This project is the result of their paths crossing in the Iraqi desert-turned-warzone. Diaries and Memories of War in Iraqfeatures McLaughlin’s remarkable war diaries along with photographs by Knight and texts by Maass.   Knight’s photographs were featured in Newsweek, while Maass’s stories were published in The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. The exhibit also features a video installation using news footage from 2003 to enhance the atmosphere of the invasion era.


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VII at Tufts University
to Nov 15

VII at Tufts University

VII Perspectives: Migration.

Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student
Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student)

As part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University and the 5th anniversary of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the IGL, 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 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

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
Moderated by Sherman Teichman, Director, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University

3:15 PM Break

3:30 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.

4:00 PM
The Newest American 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.

Sunday, Nov. 15: Workshops

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)

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)

Workshop #3: TBD




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9:30 AM09:30

Image Truth/StoryTruth. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Image Truth/Story Truth, Friday,  October 16,  a one day conference bringing together industry professionals, academics, cultural theorists and historians to discuss the changing nature of photojournalism and documentary photography in the digital age. 

Hosted by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and photographers Nina Berman and Gary Knight,   the conference will include participants from  AP, World Press Photo,  The New York Times,  Getty, Poynter,  NPPA and panelists including  Kiku Adatto, Marvin Heiferman, Jeff Howe, David Campbell, Anne Wilkes Tucker,  John Edwin Mason, Fred Ritchin and others

Image Truth/Story Truth
Columbia Journalism School
Pulitzer Hall - The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Friday, October 16, 2015
9:30 am - 5:30 pm, with Cocktail reception to follow

Digital photography has changed the nature of photojournalism inspiring new creative practices that challenge conventional standards of storytelling and image truth.

At the same time, the ease with which images can be digitally altered and shared across social media platforms, often stripped of context and attribution, has led to a crisis of credibility and confusion over standards.

Add to the equation, an energized, seeing public, not to mention corporate and political actors, unrestrained by ethical conventions, now flooding global image streams with millions of news like images, unverified, but in effective competition with professional photojournalists and documentarians for attention in the media space.

What role does the professional photojournalist play in this new media landscape? What are the ethical standards of commissioning, producing and disseminating photojournalistic images across global platforms? In the age of social media and democratization of production how should subjects play a role in framing and directing their own stories? 

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