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Visual Storytelling: Why We Shoot

with Ed Kashi and Ron Haviv

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About The Class

shooting with integrity and honesty.

VII Photo Agency represents 19 of the world’s most preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history. In this special session, Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi from VII will talk about what inspires and motivates them.

VII is comprised of select group of professional photojournalists who share a commitment to compassionately documenting the people and the world around them. In Visual Storytelling: Why We Shoot, Ron and Ed will discuss how they use their cameras to try to affect change and the importance of bearing witness and broadcasting the work.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join in a candid conversation about the work of photojournalists and the importance of shooting with integrity and honesty.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    04:55
  2. 02

    Why We Do What We Do

    28:04
  3. 03

    The Why and Long Term Personal Projects

    20:53
  4. 04

    How We Do What We Do

    34:21
  5. 05

    How We Do What We Do Part 2

    26:51
  6. 06

    The Impact of What We Do

    59:02

Meet Your Experts

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of the oil industry in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, conflicts between the Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, the impact of early onset Alzheimer’s, climate change, the relationship between sugarcane and chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua and the plight of Syrian refugees. ... read more

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Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. ... read more

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  • J GRANT

    J GRANT

    February 2016

    I've watched a number of courses on creativelive, presented by some of the most talented professionals in the photography industry, covering a variety of disciplines, but this class above all others touched my creative nerve like none have before and perhaps ever will. This is a true masterclass in the power of visual storytelling. Ed and Ron's career, passion, and dedication to their craft, explained in rich and raw detail, is inspiration enough to consider changing your entire photography approach, let alone viewing their stellar bodies of published work in their various forms. I learned as much about the value of my own storytelling instincts and reasons for picking up a camera as I did theirs. Whether you're planning long-term personal projects or simply looking for inspiration in your methods and approaches, do yourself the favor of a lifetime and watch this class. You won't regret it.

  • user-717d4e

    November 2015

    I was deeply impacted by this class! I was moved to my core by their dedication to not just telling a story visually, but to giving a VOICE to those who aren't able to have a voice otherwise. A huge thank you to Ron and Haviv for sharing a little of their lives, their obvious passion, their talent, and their wisdom!!! I would also highly recommend this course to anyone interested in photojournalism or anyone who really wants to tell a story with any photo they take and share with others. I am looking forward to other classes by Ron and Haviv and the XII team!

  • Creativelive Student

    February 2016

    A fantastic "inside" look at the reality of what's going on in the world, and a reminder of our responsibility to be thoughtful about how we behave when traveling the world and how we capture and share what we see. I've traveled to and/or lived in 44 countries and take a lot of photos - I learned a lot from this program and recommend it to anyone considering a career in photo journalism, as well as those who will be capturing the world's events - and most importantly, human beings. Thanks to both of you gentleman for sharing your experience and for enabling us with the knowledge you shared. Stephanie Hackney (www.hackneystravel.com).

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