VII is a storied photo agency founded a few days before 9/11 to challenge the convergence in the photography business when the trend for giant companies swallowing smaller independent agencies started. VII went small and photographer-owned, believing in the power and energy of collective effort when everyone else seemed to be going big and corporate. VII remains a disruptive and innovative business unafraid to swim against the prevailing currents.
VII has turned its gaze far from the frontline of its foundation. It has earned a reputation for uncompromising photography immersed in the great issues of today. VII photographers and filmmakers are as likely to be found focusing on race, gender, and identity as they are on migration or conflict. Amplifying local voices and addressing the complex political, environmental, and social questions facing families everywhere, VII places great value in the power of images to tell important stories. The members of VII are motivated by issues and are proud to elevate those issues above the cult of the image or the cult of the photographer.
“There have been so many nights that my children have gone hungry.”
VII is proud to have collaborated with UNICEF on the Preserving Hope in Afghanistan Campaign aimed at protecting children in the world’s most lethal conflict. Ed Kashi served as director and cinematographer on this film about how UNICEF is supporting malnourished children in Afghanistan.
VII is pleased to announce the 26 participants from 12 countries selected for the 2019-20 VII Masterclass Barcelona. The second of three Masterclass sessions was completed last month in Barcelona, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber. Tutors Anush Babajanyan and John Stanmeyer joined the first session in September. Ron Haviv and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will join the third and final session in March 2020.
The seven female photographers of the photography agency VII propose their visual reflections on contemporary masculinity and its media and artistic representations. Documentary or conceptual, their projects explore and rethink the images and archetypes generally associated with the masculine. The exhibition grows from the authors’ participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power and representation.
With work from Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry and a performance by Nicola Genovese.
Her Take: Rethinking Masculinity at Photoforum Pasquart
February 2–April 5, 2020
Opening: February 1, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk with Sara Terry: February 2, 11.30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Portfolio reviews with Sara Terry: Sunday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Performance by Nicola Genovese Thursday 27 February at 18.30.
PO Box 621
The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.