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VII Photo DC: Reinventing Journalism

On May 17, join the photographers of VII for a day-long seminar, and an evening panel and reception hosted in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, followed by a day of Popup Workshops. The program of events will critically explore the opportunities and challenges facing contemporary photojournalists, with Popup Workshops offering a chance to engage with the topics discussed and interact more closely with VII photographers. With an overarching theme of “Reinventing Photojournalism” for today’s audiences and marketplace, VII has assembled a diverse program that offers an intimate, in-depth look at the forefront of new perspectives in photojournalism amid broad economic, political, and cultural changes.


Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

Reinventing Photojournalism
Saturday, May 17 , 2014
12:30 — 5:30 PM

Keynote Address:  Defining Dignity | World Press Photo 

John Stanmeyer discusses his World Press Photo of the Year along with issues of dignity, contemporary society, “newsworthiness,” and gaining meaningful audience attention.

Evolving Audiences, Changing Approaches

John Stanmeyer along with Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography for The New Yorker, and Keith Jenkins Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital will discuss how and where photojournalists of the future will reach audiences for whom social media is their funnel and their megaphone.

Revisiting Post-Conflict | Bedrooms of the Fallen

Ashley Gilbertson will discuss his long-term project and upcoming book Bedrooms of the Fallen, in which he visits the bedrooms of men and women who died serving the U.S. in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and how his work has gotten the attention of Veterans’ Affairs and elevated awareness of PTSD and other issues faced by America’s armed forces.

Approaching Advocacy & Impact

Ron Haviv & Ed Kashi discuss the role of photojournalism and motion in raising awareness on a wide range of social issues and present examples of executed projects that have had measurable impact.

Drones | A New Social Narrative
Special presentation by Tomas van Houtryve of his work Blue Sky Days—the longest photography feature ever published by Harper’s Magazine—for which he attached a camera to a drone purchased on Amazon. Van Houtryve will discuss his approach to using photography to prompt audiences to consider and understand how constant surveillance affects us as a society.

VII Photo & Pulitzer Center | Beyond Witness

Special Evening Event
6:00 – 8:00 PM followed by reception in NPR lobby

Beyond Photography

Moderator: Nathalie Applewhite, Managing Director, Pulitzer Center
Panelists: Stephanie Sinclair, Tomas van Houtryve, Sim Chi Yin
Both VII and Pulitzer share the goal of raising awareness about deep systemic issues around the world, and putting a human face on crises that too often remain hidden. Three photographers of VII who have received support from the Pulitzer Center will discuss how they have reached across multiple platforms, news outlets, and funding sources to get the story out.

Beyond “Straight News”: The Growing Role of NGOs in Journalism

Moderator: Gary Knight
Panelists: Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center; Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director, External Relations, Human Rights Watch; Stephanie Sinclair, VII, Pulitzer Center grantee; Ron Haviv, VII; Ed Kashi, VII
As media companies restructure and communication tools change audience behavior, news and advocacy increasingly find shared interest in raising awareness of complex issues. As a result, NGOs are playing an ever-growing role in supporting photojournalism. The panel, moderated by VII co-founder and Chair of this year’s World Press Photo competition Gary Knight, will look at opportunities, tensions and challenges that arise from these collaborations.