VII Interactive is a new way of reaching out and sharing content and information, creating dialogue, and learning from each other. We are building different platforms within the VII ecosystem, where photographers will be able to engage directly, online with a ‘live’ instructor. We are offering content that is both free and available to everyone, and also paid group classes and individual mentoring that can be fashioned to your needs.

90-minute lectures + Q&A

Lectures

A 90-minute presentation and Q&A session by a VII photographer or industry professional.

 FREE CONTENT
Let's talk about VII's Books

Book Club

A weekly interactive online meeting where you can engage in a conversation with a VII photographer or industry professional to discuss their own books, or analyze the books that inspire them.

 FREE CONTENT
Evolution of projects

Case Studies

A VII photographer and colleague discuss the evolution of a signature project, from concept through production to publication or exhibition.

 FREE CONTENT
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Interactive Mentoring

Whether you are in the early stages of photographic experimentation or a seasoned professional, we offer one-on-one mentoring and coaching.

Professional Coaching and Mentoring by a VII Photographer

PAID CONTENT

Interactive Masterclasses

A long-term online interactive course with one-on-one editing, group sessions, lectures, and presentations for all skill levels.

The Original Masterclass

May 16, 2020
with Stefano De Luigi & Maciek Nabrdalik
PAID CONTENT

Finding your Vision and Voice Masterclass

May 15, 2020
with Ed Kashi & Julie Winokur
PAID CONTENT

Bookmaking Masterclass

May 19, 2020
with Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz
PAID CONTENT

 

For many of us, the very idea of photography has become difficult or impossible in recent weeks, yet it remains a fundamental part of our lives. Social distancing, quarantine, and our anxiety for those we love might stop us from going for a stroll outside with a camera and attending a workshop, festival, or seminar. But it doesn't shut down a conversation. 

 

COMING UP NEXT: 

  • April 2

    Book Club. Quest For Identity by Ziyah Gafic

  • April 9

    Lecture. “Long-term Personal Projects” with Ilvy Njiokiktjien

  • April 16

    Lecture. “Political Photography” with Christopher Morris

  • April 23

    Lecture. “Photographing the Personal” with Maggie Steber

  • April 26

    Book Club. Homesick by Maciek Nabrdalik



VII Interactive is a new way of reaching out and sharing content and information, creating dialogue, and learning from each other. We are building different platforms within the VII ecosystem. 


Through the VII Agency, we are inviting some of the world's leading curators, writers, and thinkers on photography to select stories and write essays. You will see pieces from Geoff Dyer, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Hilary Roberts, John Edwin Mason, Alessia Glaviano, and Stephen Mayes, among others. We will offer online portfolio reviews, share insight on our professional practice, and continue to bring you new stories and ideas. We are sharing our favorite books and insights on how some of our signature projects get made. This space will be a formidable forum for an intellectual and visual exchange of ideas.


Along with the VII Academy, where the focus is on democratizing photography by providing tuition-free education in the majority world and other underrepresented communities, we are taking our entire teaching platform online. We are designing interactive workshops and masterclasses that, while held in a virtual space, reach beyond the model of the downloadable instructional video and engage in one-to-one teaching with VII photographers and other leading teachers directly.

Interactive Workshops

A medium-term online interactive course with one-on-one editing, group sessions, lectures, and presentations for all skill levels.
‘No Man's Land’ workshops are female-only environments.

No Man's Land: Identity Through Personal and Subjective Narratives

May 30, 2020
with Linda Bournane Engelberth
PAID CONTENT

Self-Reflection, Home and Everything Within

May 20, 2020
with Anush Babajanyan
PAID CONTENT

Web Design, Social Media Presence: Your Brand and Identity Fundamentals

May, 25, 2020
with Giorgio Baravalle
PAID CONTENT

On Photography

Critique, reviews, opinion, and essays by some of the world’s leading thinkers on photography, including Geoff Dyer, Stephen Mayes, John Edwin Mason, Alessia Glaviano, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Hilary Roberts.

Critique. Geoff Dyer on War Photography

An essay on war photography originally written by Geoff Dyer in response to the War | Photography Exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston in November 2012. Dyer is writing a new book on photography called: See/Saw: Writing on Photography to be published by Canongate in the UK in late 2020 and by Graywolf in the US in 2021. This essay is published with kind permission of the author.

Susan Sontag’s book Regarding the Pain of Others concludes with a discussion of Jeff Wall’s huge photograph ‘Dead Troops Talk (A Vision after an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter, 1986)’. ‘Exemplary in its thoughtfulness and power’, this image of a ‘made-up event’ was constructed in Wall’s studio. ‘The antithesis of a document’, the picture’s effectiveness derives, in other words, from the fact that it is a fiction.

But what effect does this have, in turn, on combat photographs that are documents? Are they diminished or enhanced by comparison with Wall’s mock-up?

Consider, for example, Peter van Agtmael’s well-known photograph of a line of US troops sheltering from the downdraft of a helicopter in a rocky grey landscape in Nuristan, Afghanistan, in 2007.

 

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Where we work

Studio visits

A brief tour around the studios or habitats of a VII photographer.

Equipment we use

In my bag

VII photographers on their essential items and favorite gear.

Recent posts

On Instagram

Recent tweets

On Twitter

We will soon be announcing a comprehensive series of programs at the VII Academy. The strategy of the VII Academy is to promote, teach, and foster high-quality international journalism in the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries.

We do this by providing tuition-free education to emerging professionals and students from these communities in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, and entrepreneurship, thereby enabling in the long term a culture whereby the information narrative is democratized.

Our Team

Anush Babajanyan

Based in Yerevan, Armenia

Giorgio Baravalle

Based in NY, USA

Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Based in London, England

Philip Blenkinsop

Based in Arles, France

Eric Bouvet

Based in Paris, France

Stefano De Luigi

Based in Paris, France

Jessica Dimmock

Based in New York, USA

Linda Bournane Engelberth

Based in Oslo, Norway

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Based in Iowa, USA

Ziyah Gafic

Based in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Mary Gelman

Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ashley Gilbertson

Based in New York, USA

Ron Haviv

Based in New York, USA

Ed Kashi

Based in New York, USA

Gary Knight

Based in Massachusetts, USA

Joachim Ladefoged

Based in Aarhus, Denmark

Paul Lowe

Based in London, England

Christopher Morris

Based in Tampa, USA

Seamus Murphy

Based in London, England

Maciek Nabrdalik

Based in Warsaw, Poland

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Based in Utrecht, Netherlands

Franco Pagetti

Based in Milan, Italy

Espen Rasmussen

Based in Oslo, Norway

Daniel Schwartz

Based in Solothurn, Switzerland

John Stanmeyer

Based in Massachusetts, USA

Maggie Steber

Based in Miami, USA

Nichole Sobecki

Based in Nairobi, Kenya
Sara Terry

Sara Terry

Based in Los Angeles, USA

Tomas Van Houtryve

Based in Paris, France

Contact us

VII Photo Agency

PO Box 621
Manville, NJ
08835

+1 646-694-8447
info@viiphoto.com

Licensing & Assignments

Redux Pictures
research@reduxpictures.com
+1 212-253-0399

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VII Photo Store

The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.

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Members

  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Mary Gelman
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Nichole Sobecki

Emeritus

  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Eric Bouvet
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Espen Rasmussen
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • Tomas van Houtryve
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Taha Ahmad
  • Forough Alaei
  • Ali Arkady
  • Zinyange Auntony
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Swarat Ghosh
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Fred Ramos
  • Prin Rodriguez
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold
  • Nolan Ryan Trowe

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