Photoville has just announced their programming for this year, including an exhibition by the “Seven of VII” — Anush Babajanyan, Jessica Dimmock, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry.
“Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity” is a continuation of the conversation begun by the seven women photographers of VII when they first met nearly a year ago after VII voted in six new female members. The exhibition is a reflection of their commitment, with the agency’s support, to help move forward inclusive conversations about gender, power, and representation.
VII co-founder John Stanmeyer is featured on the latest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, John speaks about social media as publishing, serendipity, the “unfathomable power” of reality and why he doesn’t see mistakes as mistakes.
Internationally renowned photographer Dr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik, and VII Foundation board member, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka after 10 pm on August 5, 2018. According to security guards of the apartment building and other eyewitness reports, there were roughly 30 to 35 men, in plain clothes, who claimed to be from the Detective Branch (DB), who went upstairs, brought down Dr Alam, who was screaming as he was forcibly pushed into the waiting car, a HiAce, with the words Popular Life Insurance, written on the outside. They taped up the CCTV camera and took away the CCTV camera footage. The guards were manhandled and locked up. His partner Rahnuma Ahmed, was in a neighboring flat, raced downstairs on hearing the scream, but the car carrying him and two other cars waiting outside, sped away.
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Photograph Magazine published a 6-page portfolio of “The Dead Lizards Army” by Maggie Steber in their most recent issue.
With a story about the project by Elisabeth Biondi, the project is part of “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma” for which Maggie received a Guggenheim Foundation Grant in 2017.