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Contemporary Documentary Practice VII Academy

With Ilvy Njiokiktjien and Ziyah Gafic

3-Day Workshop 25. — 27.8.2022

Kranj Foto Fest in partnership with VII Academy is proud to announce a 3-day workshop with the photographers Ilvy Njiokiktjien (the Netherlands) and Ziyah Gafic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), for the first time in Slovenia.

This intensive workshop Contemporary Documentary Practice will teach you how to tell visually compelling stories. “Many people are drawn to photography because they want to communicate personal tales, but telling personal stories can be tough and disseminating your work is even more difficult”, writes Ilvy Njiokiktjien, an acclaimed photojournalist at VII Agency and a master of storytelling.

You will enhance your personal perspective and work on an ongoing or new project in this class conducted by VII photographers Ziyah Gafic and Ilvy Njiokiktjien. You’ll present your work in a small group and learn about new techniques to create visual storytelling as well as a business practice. During the session, Ziyah and Ilvy will undertake individual and group critiques of what you shot, but you will also have the opportunity to obtain feedback on other projects you may be working on.


If you want to take your work to the next level, this is the place to be.

There will be an emphasis on helping students develop their personal vision and unique styles. As Ziyah Gafic and Ilvy Njiokiktjien both specialize in telling human stories, they will share with you their unique visual styles and approaches.

Gafic and Njiokiktjien’s works have been exhibited at many relevant galleries and photo festivals such Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, Arles Rencontres du Photographie, World Press Photo­ and at Photoville in New York. Their work is regularly published in some of the world’s leading publications like The New York Times, GEO, National Geographic and Der Spiegel.

Only 13 seats are available.

  • Note: Participants are required to prepare in advance the projects they wish to present and bring them to the workshop in digital or printed form.
  • The workshop will be conducted n English.
  • Total Duration: 13 hours
  • Schedule:

    25.8.2022, Thursday, 9h – 13h (4 hours) // group lunch break // 15h – 17h (2 hours)

    26.8.2022, Friday, 15h30 – 18h30 (3 hours) 

    27.8.2022, Saturday, 9h – 13h (4 hours)
  • Early Bird Price: 180 EUR, for applications paid until June 25 2022

    From June 26 until the last seat is fulfilled: 220 EUR

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