Program Details

Like all of VII’s masterclasses and workshops the aim of the program is to launch you into a culturally rich environment and teach you the skills to identify, research and document meaningful stories. Led by renowned VII photojournalists Gary Knight and A
Location:
Krong Kaoh Kong, Cambodia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This is an intensive immersion in photography specifically designed for college students or young photographers who have curiosity about the world and wish to make a real advance with their photography and narrative storytelling skills.

Like all of VII’s masterclasses and workshops the aim of the program is to launch you into a culturally rich environment and teach you the skills to identify, research and document meaningful stories. Led by renowned VII photojournalists Gary Knight and Anastasia Taylor-Lind, each student will be given an assignment to be tackled individually or in pairs. There are a broad range of subjects which include but are not limited to: floating villages, tourism, spirituality, land mine related issues, primary health care issues, rural life, urbanism, generation x, and arts and crafts. To complete your assignment, you will be engaging in meetings and talks with community leaders—journalists, photographers and NGO workers—who are tackling the big issues that face the country today. At the end of the program you will return home with an edited portfolio and personal journal of this exceptional experience.

This course is open to those interested in developing story telling skills including, but not limited to, students of photography or journalism. Participants will be required to usea digital camera, but you can produce as strong an essay with an iPhone or compact cameraas with a DSLR camera. Participants will need to supply their own laptops andediting software. Accepted students will be required to complete a separate application through Rustic Pathways.
Setting Description:
From the recent history of the Killing Fields to the challenges of present day rural and city life, students will explore and document the many facets ofCambodia's compelling cultural heritage. We begin in Phnom Penn with historical reflection and an introduction to contemporary life and issues.The group will then spend time collaborating on an NGO project, visitinga floating village on Ton Le Sap and exploring the rich and multi-layered cultural and civic life in Siem Reap. Students will come away accomplished storytellers, with a complex project thatexposes and examinesthe challenges facing Cambodians today.
Cost:
$4665 + cost of airfare

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