VII Masterclass Sarajevo

The 2024-25 Masterclass will feature two in-person seminars in Sarajevo, with a virtual seminar in between. Over the six months, participants will also receive one-on-one online mentoring from a few contributing photographers at VII Photo. 


The VII Masterclass is an intensive, six-month program focusing on documentary photography and photojournalism. Following successful editions in cities such as Milan, Berlin, Warsaw, Barcelona, and Arles, as well as an online version during the pandemic, we are excited to take the next edition to The VII Foundation in Sarajevo. 

Guided by masterclass leaders Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, who have been at the helm of the program since its inception, participants will benefit from the expertise of a diverse group of esteemed professionals, including additional VII Photo contributing photographers, critics, photo editors, and festival directors.  

The Masterclass is not just about honing photographic skills; it’s an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the industry and to engage with a broad spectrum of professionals, enriching the learning experience for all involved. 


The principal objective of this masterclass is to allow time for progress; the long timeline makes a lasting contribution to students’ professional training. The 2024/25 masterclass will feature two in-person seminars in Sarajevo, with a virtual seminar in between, all led by the Masterclass leaders and guest Masters.

In addition to these core seminars, participants will receive one-on-one online mentoring from contributing VII Photo photographers throughout the six months. The masterclass will also feature three guest lecturers who will each give a presentation. The names of the guest lecturers and mentoring photographers will be shared with participants before the start of the first seminar.

The masterclass culminates with a group exhibition showcase in Sarajevo during the final session.

Session 1: Sarajevo
September 26-29, 2024 

Session 2: Online 
December 12-15, 2024

Session 3: Sarajevo
March 12-16, 2025 


New York, USA
London, England
Warsaw, Poland
London, England
Istanbul, Turkey
Los Angeles, USA
Paris, France
Sarajevo, BiH


The application for the VII Masterclass in Sarajevo opens on May 16, 2024, with a deadline of June 19, 2024. Applicants will be asked to submit an application that includes a portfolio and biographical information. Selected participants will be notified by June 30, 2024.  

The Masterclass will conclude with a group show in Sarajevo during the last session.

For any questions about the masterclass, please email: [email protected].



Can be paid in full or in two installments
First installment: Due by July 10, 2024.
Second Installment: Due by August 10, 2024.


An early bird rate of €2,750 is available.
To qualify, payment must be made in full by July 5, 2024.


Delayed payments might lead to the loss of your placement in the program.


The fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals, insurance, or transportation.
Participants are responsible for securing their own insurance and managing visa requirements. 


  • Michael Ackermann, Photographer
  • Carolina Arantes, Photographer
  • Mathieu Asselin, Photographer
  • Arnau Bach, Photographer
  • Pierre Bessard, Publisher, Edition Bessard Paris
  • Michael Biedowicz, Photo Editor, Zeit Magazin
  • Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar, Co-Editors in Chief, Ahorn Magazine
  • Laia Abril, Photographer
  • Daphne Angles, Assignments Editor, The New York Times
  • Mirna Campanella, Public Historian
  • Giancarlo Ceraudo, Photographer
  • Paolo Cirio, Conceptual Media Artist
  • Rémi Coignet, Critic
  • Alessandro Cosmelli & Gaia Light, Photographers, The Buzz Project
  • Laura El-Tantawy, Photographer
  • Stefano Ferranti, Project Planner
  • Niccolo Filippo Rosso, Photographer
  • Marco Garofalo, Official Photographer, Porta Nuova Project, Milan
  • Gianluca and Gianmarco Gamberini, Publishers, l’Artiere
  • Agata Grzybowska, Photographer
  • Felix Hoffmann, Chief Curator, C/O Berlin
  • Michael Jones, Director of Content & Marketing, EyeEm
  • Robert King, Creative Director, BILD digital 
  • Carol Körting, Photo Editor, Leica LFI
  • Barbara La Malfa, Public Relations and Communications
  • Sara Lando, Photographer
  • Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, Geo France
  • Ania Nalecka, Book Designer
  • Simon Norfolk, Photographer
  • Mauro Parissone, Director, 
  • Adeline Percept, Journalist, Berliner News Fabrik
  • Silvia Paoli, Collections Manager, Milan Civic Photographic Archive
  • Emilio Manfredi, Analyst, Writer & Journalist
  • Myriam Meloni, Photographer
  • Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala, Publishers, Blow up press
  • Diego Orlando, Photo Editor & Special Projects, BURN Magazine
  • Arianna Rinaldo, Director, OjodePez magazine
  • Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography and Imaging, New York University (interviewed through an online panel by Jonathan Worth, an author at #Phonar)
  • Katarzyna Sagatowska, Curator and Coordinator of Photography Auctions
  • Pholpo, Communication Design Studio
  • Barbara Stauss, Photo Editor, Mare magazine
  • Kai Wiedenhoefer, Photographer
  • Alisa Resnik, Author & Photographer 



Denis McCready, Canada

Edoardo Melchiori, Italy

Evelyn Runge, Germany

Mihaela Aroyo, Bulgaria

Mitar Simikic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rana Sullivan, New Zealand