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Human Stories: Finding the Personal

June 21, 2019 - June 26, 2019

| $2250
Photo by Ilvy Njiokiktjien / VII

Instructors: Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien
Dates: June 21-26, 2019
Locations: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cost: $2250 USD
Duration: 6 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: Yes




This 6-day workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how to tell visual stories about the human condition. Telling personal stories and connecting with the human element is what draws many people into photography in the first place, but telling personal stories can be difficult. In this workshop, you will strengthen your personal vision and work on an ongoing or new project. You will share your work in an intimate session and learn about the many new ways we can tell visual stories using the new means we have at our disposal, including photography, motion, sound. We will do both individual and group critiques of what you shoot during the workshop, but you will also have the opportunity to get feedback on other projects you might have ongoing. If you want to grow and develop your work to a new level, this workshop will change your life.

There will be an emphasis on helping students develop their personal vision and unique styles. As Ed Kashi and Ilvy Njiokiktjien both specialize in telling human stories, they will share with you their unique visual styles and approaches. They will show examples of many personal projects, commissions for NGOs and foundations, and their editorial work for major publications. We will look at photographs, multimedia, and short films. We will also invite a guest lecturer who will explain more about how to get your story out there, and how to become entrepreneurial about your photography.

Ed KashiIlvy Njiokiktjien

“Photography has been a way to learn about the world and create stories about people that reflect their lives in the light of dignity and with compassion. In this workshop, I’ll share my nearly 40 years of experience producing long term documentary projects, long-form magazine stories, and short documentary filmmaking.” – Ed Kashi

“I want this workshop to be a free space where you feel like you can share your photos, ideas, dreams, and your doubts. I want this workshop to be an inspirational moment in your career. For me, it is most important to share my ideas and thoughts. While sharing these I hope you get inspired and will find a new way of telling the personal story you want to tell.” – Ilvy Njiokiktjien



Day 1
Share your work and familiarize us with each other, going over our personal history and goals in life and with our work. Viewing each student’s work. Goals of the workshop.
Day 2
In the morning it is time to shoot. At 1 pm, you will return to the room and Ed Kashi will present his work and talk about how he approaches human stories. In the afternoon it is time to continue shooting your own project.
Day 3
Shoot in the morning and afternoon. Then return to the classroom at 11 am. Ilvy Njiokiktjien will show her work and talk about her personal projects. Right after there will be time to download and edit the day’s work, and have discussions on visual narrative.
Day 4
Shoot in the morning and afternoon. Then return to the classroom from 10 am to 3 pm to download and edit the day’s work, and have discussions on your progress in your project.
Day 5
A guest lecturer will come into the classroom to explain more about how to get your story out there, and how to become entrepreneurial about your photography.
Day 6
Spend the whole day in the classroom editing the week’s work to prepare a final presentation of 2-5 minutes to be shared in a group critique in the afternoon.



The workshop will be held at The Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, the leading national museum of photography in the Netherlands. It has an impressive collection of 5.5 million photographic images and exhibits every facet of photography: documentary and experimental, contemporary and historical. In addition to exhibitions featuring major names in Dutch and international photography, the museum regularly presents work from its in-house collection. The collection comprises an important part of the Netherlands’ visual heritage.

We recommend students find a place to stay within Rotterdam, but it is possible to commute from Amsterdam if desired.

All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.



Applicants who wish to be considered for a VII Foundation grant to attend this workshop should complete the application here by May 7, 2019.



VII Photo Agency
+1 / 347 / 406 / 2111


The Nederlands Fotomuseum
Las Palmas, Wilhelminakade 332
Rotterdam, Netherlands
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