VII was created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists and by 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s “100 Most Important People in Photography.” VII now represents 19 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history.
Renowned for the quality of its photography, the group’s collective archive of over 100,000 images is an iconic summary of the defining landmarks of the late Twentieth Century and it continues to grow as the new Millennium develops. The collection has been built cover-by-cover and page-by-page in collaboration with the world’s leading magazines. Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO Germany, Paris Match, Le Monde and others have helped to introduce these images to the world. VII’s cultural position has been cemented by its many exhibitions in leading museums, including the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art and the Louvre, and featured appearances at major art/photo festivals including Les Rencontres D’Arles, PhotoEspaña and Visa pour l’image. More than 70 books have been dedicated to the work of VII photographers; VII’s work has also been the subject of broadcast documentaries in USA, Europe, Japan and elsewhere.
Current members include: Jocelyn Bain Hogg, the Estate of Alexandra Boulat, Stefano De Luigi, Jessica Dimmock, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged , Christopher Morris, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti, Sarker Protick, Sim Chi Yin, John Stanmeyer and Tomas van Houtryve.
Current members of the VII Mentor Program include: Ali Arkady (Iraq) Arnau Bach (Spain), Linda Bournane Engelberth (Norway) Luisa Dörr (Brazil), Mojgan Ghanbari (Iran), Furkan Temir (Turkey), Esa Ylijaasko (Finland).
Board of Directors
Ashley Gilbertson, Gary Knight (Chair), Maciek Nabrdalik, Andy Patrick, Tomas Van Houtryve (Vice Chair)