Learn what it takes to work as a photojournalist.

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Young girls leave a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) to gather firewood. For some the work will take more than 7 hours and lead them past government checkpoints and leave them exposed to attacks. All the people express fear and wish there were a more secure way to gather wood, essential for cooking in the camp. Girls as young as 8 have been raped, attacked and killed trying to get wood.
Photo by: Ron Haviv / VII

Photographing the world around us often involves a myriad of professional and personal challenges—but those can teach us to be better photographers. This course addresses those challenges and helps students navigate them to great successes.

Whether working in one’s own neighborhoods or overseas, Haviv helps participants strengthen their imagery by focusing on developing one’s personal visual voice through a combination of portfolio reviews, assignments, and editing sessions.

Students will work on chosen or assigned stories throughout the week to establish and improve their visual voice and journalism. Editing sessions will be done one-on-one with Ron, as well as with the class for group critique. Lectures will occur throughout the week, with in-depth discussions on logistics, marketing, and the business of photojournalism.

If you are just starting out, this course will help you create a strong foundation for whatever your next steps will be, and for those further along, Ron will push you to the next level so your work can have true impact.

Bosnian soldiers at the front lines during the battle for Sarajevo.

All image credit ©Ron Haviv



“I’d been out of University for 2 years, and was in desperate need of inspiration and direction. I learnt as much from a week of being guided by Ron as I did in my 3 years of formal photographic education. Ron critiqued my work and sent me out with practical, tangible, clear advice on how to move forward with my story. It was an exhausting, at times heart wrenching, and exhilarating process. Ron is a brilliant photographer, but also a brilliant teacher…this is a rare quality. He knows exactly when to gently coax and encourage, and when to give you bollocking. I sincerely attribute making a successful transition from education to working freelance to him”Anastasia Taylor Lind, Freelance

“Ron Haviv’s workshop not only gave me the opportunity to go out and shoot a story in a country that I was unfamiliar with, but having Ron analyze and critique the work on a daily basis gave me the confidence to delve deeper, investigate further and never stop working! The skills learned and developed during that wonderful 5 days have stayed with me years later.”Guy Martin, Panos Pictures

“Encouraging my strengths and pointing out where I needed improvement, Ron’s guidance and insight was invaluable.”Alex Potter, Freelance




Past student work (left to right): Elise Klysa, Bob Glick, Sue Dorfman, Kent Fairfield

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Instructor: Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and 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. Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention. His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other
monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, Haiti: 12 January 2010 and The Lost Rolls. Haviv is the co-founder and director of the VII Foundation. He is currently co-directing two documentary films, Biography of a Photo and Picasso of Harlem.