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 22 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 60,000 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 and as such it defines the visual memory of our times. 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: Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Marcus Bleasdale, the Estate of Alexandra Boulat, Stefano De Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, Davide Monteleone, Christopher Morris, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti, Stephanie Sinclair, John Stanmeyer, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Tomas van Houtryve and Donald Weber.
Current members of the VII Mentor Program include: Gazi Nafis Ahmed (Bangladesh), Laura El-Tantawy (Egypt), Jost Franko (Slovenia), Sim Chi Yin (China) and Amanda Rivkin (USA).
Board of Directors
Carlos Barrionuevo (Chairman), Ed Kashi, Franco Pagetti, Tomas Van Houtryve and Donald Weber
Chief Executive Officer