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2012 A Year of Transition

2012 was luckily not like 2011, a year that goes down with 1789, 1848, 1917, 1989 as a year of revolution.  By contrast, 2012 was a year of transition in most every respect.  Global technologies, movements, ideas, and politics are all in flux; only the economies of the world remain sluggish, with some notable exceptions.  Turkey is one of these exceptions.  By 2023, the centennial of the modern secular Turkish Republic, the currently ruling Justice and Development Party, AK Party according to its Turkish acronym, hopes that Turkey will be counted among the top 10 economies in the world. (A great BBC Global Business report on what could go wrong is well worth a listen.) After finishing my Fulbright grant in Azerbaijan, photographing Azerbaijani Women, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Eurovision Song Contest, I moved to Istanbul in September to freelance here in Turkey and the region. I joined the VII Mentor Program where I am working with Ron Haviv on improving my craft for the duration of two years. In this time, I …

British Journal of Photography: VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme

VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme British Journal of Photography by Olivier Laurent June 6, 2012 Photographers Laura El-Tantawy, Nafis Ahmed, Jošt Franko and Amanda Rivkin have been selected to join VII Photo’s Mentor Program The VII Mentor Program was launched three years ago to help young and emerging photographers build and polish the necessary skills to expand their professional practice. The photographers are selected by individual VII Photo members who will mentor them for two years. This year, VII has added four new photographers to the programme – Gazi Nafis Ahmed, Laura El-Tantawy, Jošt Franko and Amanda Rivkin. Ahmed is based in Bangladesh after studying at the London Guildhall University in Art and Design. He has also received a B.A. from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, with his final semester conducted abroad at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Ahmed, who will be mentored by John Stanmeyer, “feels compelled to use photography to document the constant changes and impact the collective state of mind of the people,” says the agency. …

VII Mentor Program at VII Photo

VII For Immediate Release June 5, 2012 VII Photo announces new additions to the VII Mentor Program VII is pleased to welcome four new photographers to the VII Mentor Program: Gazi Nafis Ahmed (based in Bangladesh), Laura El-Tantawy (based in London and Cairo), Jošt Franko (based in Slovenia) and Amanda Rivkin (based in Azerbaijan). (To download full release click here.) Gazi Nafis Ahmed is a documentary photographer born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He sees Bangladesh as a place with many social, political, economic and environmental challenges, and feels compelled to use photography to document the constant changes and impact the collective state of mind of the people. After graduating from Bangladesh International Tutorial High School in 2003, Ahmed continued his education at the London Guildhall University in Art & Design. He received a B.A. with Honors in 2008 from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, with his final semester conducted abroad at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Ahmed will be mentored by John Stanmeyer. http://www.gazinafis.com — Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between …