GARY KNIGHT: The Complete Photojournalist
Orientation Sunday, May 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)
VII Photo Agency co-founder and multiple award winning photojournalist Gary Knight will conduct a special workshop using both observed and constructed portraiture, and interview. Knight is very involved in giving agency to the people photographed by photojournalists. He has been working on portraits of people with stories to tell, and using very long interviews (sometimes 2 or 3 hours long) with them so they can narrate the story that accompanies their portraits. Today photojournalists must bring home more than photography if they want to tell the stories of the people affected by the conflicts they cover. Video, interviews and still photographs are now required to tell stories in our digital online world.
In this workshop, photographers will photograph and interview people, the result being a comprehensive portrait giving that person’s story a fuller and more intensive examination than the photographic portrait alone.
Gary Knight will present his recent work, and help to provide guidance for the members of the class as they prepare, produce and complete their portraits. Gary is the principle architect and Director of the VII Photo Agency and Director of the VII Foundation. He has successfully funded a number of projects which you can see on the VII Agency and VII Foundation websites. He is happy to discuss any area of the contemporary photography business he can help you with.
Photographer Gary Knight began his career in South East Asia in the late 1980s where he photographed the Khmer Rouge and their allies fight the Vietnamese Army and Cambodian Government.
In 1993, Knight moved to the former Yugoslavia where he became involved in documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war. During this period he covered conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans and worked widely in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and the Far East concentrating either on Human Rights and Poverty based issues or current affairs stories for Newsweek Magazine for whom he was a Contract Photographer and other US and European media. Knight has covered the invasion of Iraq, the occupation of Afghanistan, North Korea, the civil war in Kashmir and the Asian Tsunami amongst other stories.
His main area of focus with photography now is far away from the media and very far away from violence. He works on very long term projects, one of which is in an area of the world known to anthropologists as Zomia where he is documenting the transformation taking place amongst the hill tribes of South and South East Asia.
In 2000 with John Stanmeyer, he conceived the VII Photo Agency which was launched in 2001. VII was named as the third most influential entity in photography by American PhotoMagazine in 2003.
Knight is currently a Logan Non Fiction Fellow at the Carey Institute where is writing a book proposal, and is the Director of the VII Photo Agency and a Director of The VII Foundation. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is the founding Director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.