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.
The Board is responsible for the governance of the agency and is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting where the members discuss business strategy and direction. The Board works with the management and staff to implement that strategy. The current Chair of the Board is Ron Haviv and the members of the Board are Jessica Dimmock, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Maciek Nabrdalik, Ilvy Njiokiktjien and Sara Terry.
In October 2017, with the integration of 12 new photographers, including 6 women, the agency created a new initiative focussed on ensuring the well being of its female members. Jessica Dimmock, a highly respected and long-standing member of the agency, leads the initiative.
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The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.