First Annual Agency VII Seminar Set For April

The photographers of the Agency VII will put on the First Annual VII Seminar on April 16 and 17 2005 at the Cabot Intercultural Center Auditorium at the Fletcher School of Tufts University in Medford, MA. The first-time event is in collaboration with EXPOSURE, The Center for Photojournalism, Documentary Studies and Human Rights, The Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, and Canon USA.

Agency VII group photoThe two-day event will include presentations by all 9 photographers of Agency VII, panel discussions on photojournalism’s current issues, guest lecturers, and a screening of the film, “War Photographer.” Pre-registration is required and registration for the event is done online on the Agency VII Web site. There is a $25 USD processing fee for registration.

The event opens Saturday with Ron Haviv’s presentation, “Images of War, 1989-2003,” and Christopher Morris presents “My America.” Before the mid-day break, Joachim Ladefoged will present his work followed by John Stanmeyer’s “Tsunami.” Peter Howe will moderate a symposium to open the afternoon session with all the VII photographers as panelists on the topic, “Is Anyone Out There Listening? The Relevance Of Photojournalism Today.”

Lauren Greenfield and James Nachtwey will present their work following the symposium, and after a reception hosted by Canon USA there will be a screening of the film, “War Photographer.”

Sunday’s schedule opens with Susan Moeller, a photojournalist who is now an assistant professor of journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, who will moderate a symposium on “Photojournalism and Human Rights.” She will be joined by a panel that includes selected VII photographers along with Samantha Power, a journalist, lawyer, and human rights activist who is an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Hurst Hannum, a professor of international law at The Fletcher School of Tufts University.

Gary Knight will then present his work “Evidence,” followed by a presentation by Alexandra Boulat. Antonin Kratochvil will present “Vanishing,” and then there will be three breakout discussions with VII photographers. The afternoon concludes with a Canon digital demonstration followed by a book signing by the Agency VII photographers.

For more information please see the Agency VII Web site page that is dedicated to the Seminar. The page includes online registration, maps, and contact information for hotels located close to the event.