VII Masterclass Milan

From: September 11, 2014 @ 00:00 EDT
To: March 15, 2015 @ 23:59 EDT
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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 Participants of the 2014 Masterclass have been selected. They are:

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

There will be eight other European speakers who will take part in the training program.

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


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 Kratochvil and Tomas Van Houtryve


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) and Arianna Rinaldo (OjodePez magazine Director)

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: 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) and Sara Lando (Crowdfunding for photographers)

*Due to organizational reason, Anastasia Taylor-Lind has been replaced by Chris Morris.


SESSION 3 – Final Outcome

March 12 – 15, 2015 Jocelyn Bain Hogg and Davide Monteleone


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: Daphne Angles (Paris-based assignments editor for the The New York Times), Diego Orlando (Photo Editor & Special Projects at BURN Magazine), Alessandro Cosmelli & Gaia Light (photographers at “The Buzz Project”), Mauro Parissone ( –Broadcast journalism for the digital age) and Fred Ritchin (Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University) interviewed through an online panel by Jonathan Worth (author at #Phonar – Coventry University, UK)