Frank Evers, the managing director of VII Photo Agency, announced that the photographers of VII will stage their first West Coast VII Seminar in Pasadena, CA, from April 7 to April 9, 2006, at the Art Center College of Design. This is VII’s third such event in a series of sold-out seminars, held previously in Boston in April 2005, and New York City in October 2005. The VII Seminar is sponsored by Canon USA, Lexar Media, Lowepro, Digital Railroad, and the Art Center College of Design.
The nine photographers of VII will each make presentations of their most recent work and take part in panel discussions about photojournalism’s current issues during the event, which spreads over two and a half days. Evers says there will also be a private screening of Lauren Greenfield’s new film, “THIN,” along with guest lecturers.
Pre-registration is required and it’s done online at the VII Web site. Evers says there’s a $150 USD attendance fee for students, a $250 fee for professionals, and a $450 fee for those who also want to book a portfolio review. Repeat seminar attendees will receive a $75 discount on all fees.
The event unofficially kicks off Thursday evening April 6, 2006, at the opening reception for the exhibit “The Democratic Republic of Congo: Forgotten War” at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Hollywood, CA. The opening will be attended by the exhibition’s artists, James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, Gary Knight, and others.
The seminar officially starts Friday evening April 7 at the Art Center’s Hillside Campus with Greenfield’s film, followed by a reception where attendees and special guest have an opportunity to mingle with VII photographers.
The seminar continues at the same location Saturday with a full day of presentations by each of the VII photographers. On Sunday the event features a series of breakout sessions on subjects such as creative innovation, personal projects, assignments, book publishing and fine art. The breakout sessions team VII photographers with invited special guests. The seminar wraps up Sunday evening with a book signing.