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.