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VII 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

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    A member of the Christian population around PK13 runs through looted and burning homes of the Muslims who have fled after the Seleka President Michel Djotodia resigned and left the country in disarray on the outskirts of Bangui, Central African Republic, Jan. 23, 2014. The country was ruled by a minority Muslim government after the coup in March 2013. After months of oppression by the Muslim Seleka Government the local population take out their anger and frustrations on the largely innocent Muslim population. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)
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    A woman mourns after her sister, Vanessa, was shot in Kilo 5, Bangui, Central African Republic on Feb. 9, 2014. Just after this photograph was taken, her cousin was killed by Rwandan soldiers as he was killing a muslim in a revenge attack. At one time there were 30,000 muslims in the town, now only 300 remain. The rest have fled to Chad. Anti Balaka Christians gave the Muslims 24 hours to leave or be killed. They left. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)
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    A man lies dead - killed by Muslisms after he himself attempted to make a revenge killing - in Bangui, Central African Republic on Feb. 9, 2014. At one time there were 30,000 muslims in the town, now only 300 remain. The rest have fled to Chad. Anti Balaka Christians gave the Muslims 24 hours to leave or be killed. They left. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)
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    Portrait of Genoveva Edward in Tanzania on Aug. 7, 2014. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)
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    A portrait of Evalines Lukas, a victim of female genital mutilation. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)
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    A moment of typical dancing and singing of women in Kihnu. In 2003 UNESCO declared the Kihnu Cultural Space a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Kihnu Island, Estonia - May 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)
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    The Matas family rides in an old Ukranian Dnepr sidecar from Soviet times. Many inhabitants use this modified sidecar to travel around the island. Kihnu Island, Estonia - May 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)
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    Fregate Island, Seychelles. March 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)
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    A sheep herder gathers his flock to graze and water them in the intense summer heat in Mendota, Calif. on July 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)
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    The Westlands Water district, the largest in the USA, is photographed from above, showing the extent of fallowed land due to the drought in Central Valley, Calif. on July 5, 2014. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)
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    A cane worker slices through the burnt stalks of sugar cane in a field in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua on May 1, 2014. He is covered in ash and soot from the field that was burned the night before. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)
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    Aug. 3, 2014, Warsaw 5 am. Saturday's party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been Warsaw's hottest party spots for the last few years. (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)
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    Aug. 3, 2014, Warsaw 5 am. Saturday's party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been Warsaw's hottest party spots for the last few years. (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)
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    June 6, 2014, Warsaw, Poland. Bell Arto Cheerleaders of Józef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw. They cheer lead for Warsaw's volleyball, handball and American football teams. (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)
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    The Woodstock Festival in Poland (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)
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    Protesters in Ferguson destroy a police car outside the City Hall during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)
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    Protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)
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    Remains of stores destroyed by protesters in Ferguson during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)
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    Grave diggers prepare for a funeral in Colma, California. An investigation by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that more than 20 civilians have been attacked in deliberate U.S. drone strikes on funerals and mourners in Pakistan. (Photo credit: Tomas van Houtryve / VII)
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    A public park is seen from above in San Francisco. California is a major center for the development and manufacture of military UAVs—General Atomics builds its Predators and Reapers in the state—and the Bay Area in particular is a hub of the expanding consumer-drone market. (Photo credit: Tomas van Houtryve / VII)
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    A fire truck and crew respond to a car fire in the Gila River Indian Community in Maricopa County, Arizona. U.S. drone operators are known to engage in “double-tap” strikes, in which consecutive rounds of missiles are fired on the same target, with the second round intended to kill those who respond to the first. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism documented at least five such strikes in Pakistan in 2012. (Photo credit: Tomas van Houtryve / VII)
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    Yazidi women mourn family members lost in the fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, as they travel away from Mount Sinjar in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    Khadhir Hassan Ahmed, 17, sits before the camera in a tent in the Khanki camp in Dohuk, Iraq on Aug. 20, 2014. Ahmed is a survivor from the village Kojo where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria killed his family and kidnapped women before putting the young people in front of a firing squad under instructions to either change their religion or be killed. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    Refugees show their grief, fears and fatigue after their trek from the mountains to the Nawrooz Camp in Al Malikiya, Syria on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    Refugees fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, arrive towards the Syria-Iraq border on their way to a control point to find shelters that will house them in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    Aamir carries his sick wife Ghazala on his shoulders as they enter into Kurdistan on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    A father holds his son-Ghazaleh who has become weak from hunger and dehydration as they cross into Kurdistan, by way of the Syrian border in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)
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    Kiev, Ukraine. 02/2014. Riots in Kiev, in and around Maidan Square. Escalation of violence and clash between protestors and governamental forces. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    Kiev, Ukraine. 02/2014. The days after the end of clasher between protesters and police. Mourning for the protestors died during clashes with police. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    Deputy Lesya Orobets is photographed as she views the remains of the deadly clashes in Kiev, Ukraine on March 18, 2014. Orobets, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, remained active during the month of the protests. Orobets will run for President in the election on May 25, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    Officers confer in the field at Belbek air base in Lubimovka, Crimea on March 4, 2014. Under the direction of Colonel Yuli Mamchor, the unarmed self defense unit was able to maintain the power until March 23rd. Armed Russian forces finally stormed the base and the colonel was arrested. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    A billboard in support of pro-Ukranian forces in Bakhchisarai, Crimea on March 8, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    Russian Cossaks patrol the border with China along the Kia and Ussuri rivers in August of 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    Riots take place in and around Maidan Square as clashes between protestors and governmental forces escalate in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 14, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)
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    China is urbanising at breakneck speed, with rural land turning into planned small towns and old slums transformed into skyscrapers like in this area in Guangzhou. From Sim Chi Yin on-going project on urbanisation in China. (Sim Chi Yin / VII)
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    Young British holiday makers in the Escape Club, Laganas, Zante. “I love going clubbing here. It’s much better than home. The birds are proper fit and everyone’s more relaxed and you can party all night!” Jason, 19 from Southport, Merseyside. (Photo credit: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII for Sea Change)
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    Teenagers with no place to go sit on a bench in Gourock park in Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Megan. 16 (red hair). “It’s shite being here. There is nothing to do. The weather is shite. The police follow us to where we go and then move us on again. Apparently people over the age of 14 are not allowed in that park after 7 O’clock. Where do they expect us to go?” Aternative quotation: "There is a lot of pressure to find something to do. People have no where to go because they don’t do the underage nights. There is so much violence outside with people smashing bottles. It’s ridiculous people beating other people up. They should have a place to go where they can enjoy themselves and be satisfied with the night, and they go home and have something to look forward to next weekend" Or: "Get the youth club back here, it kept us off the streets and there was more for us to do instead of sitting on a park bench." (Photo credit: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII for Sea Change)
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    Milano, Italy Syrian refugees sleeping at the train station in Milano. Milano is the transit spot no. 1 in Europe for many of the Syrian refugees who are trying to get further up north in Europe. (Photo credit: Joachim Ladefoged/VII)
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    Portrait of Sadia Hassan Hussein Ali at her home in a suburb of the Danish city of Aarhus. (Photo credit: Joachim Ladefoged/VII)
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    The atmosphere at the Smukkeste Festival in Skanderborg, Denmark on Aug. 7, 2014. (Photo credit: Joachim Ladefoged/VII)
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    Barricades along Grushevskogo Street, the frontline of the protests and location of the first deadly clashes. (Photo credit: Donald Weber / VII)
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    Molotov Cocktails have been the weapon of choice for the the EuroMaidan protestors in Kiev. Using fire to their advantage, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines and fortify their positions. In order to set fire to tanks, armoured vehicles, buses, and tires in opposition to local cops, Kiev’s protestors used thousand and thousands of Molotov Cocktails, inspiring and mobilizing people throughout the city to collect as many bottles as possible. (Photo credit: Donald Weber / VII)
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    Antonina Vasylchenko outside the Grand Palais, Chanel Haute Couture 2014. (Photo credit: Christopher Morris / VII)
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    Armenian priests and alter boys during the sacred Antasdan ceremony or the Blessing of the Four Corners of the World (including the blessing of the harvest) held today, Easter Sunday, in the courtyard of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate located in the Old City in Jerusalem. The Priests hats, know as a veghar, symbolizes Mount Ararat, the dormant volcano believed to be the resting place of Noah and the ark. It's shape is also a symbol of traditional Armenian church domes. (Photo credit: John Stanmeyer / National Geographic Magazine)
VII 2014 Year in Review

Christopher Morris

Curated by Christopher Morris


Christopher Morris
, based in Paris, was born in California in 1958 and began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for TIME Magazine, where he has been on contract since 1990. He has been credited with redefining political coverage in America during his years working at the White House for TIME Magazine from 2000 till 2009. Simultaneously to his career as a photojournalist, Morris has expanded his work into the fashion world. He has received various awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the Olivier Rebbot Award, the Journalism Award from the Overseas Press Club, two Infinity Awards for photojournalism from the International Center of Photography in New York, the PDN Look Fashion Editorial Award and numerous World Press Photo awards. Morris is a founding member of the photojournalist agency VII based in New York.

How would you describe your approach to curating?

Christopher Morris: I look for the diamonds, the true jewels.

Does having a personal relationship with your fellow VII photographers affect how you see and select images?

CM: They are my friends and colleagues. I have tremendous respect for all of them, for they have chosen a craft that I love.

Do you have any favorites among the 2014 collection? What makes those images stand out?

CM: They are all my favorites! It’s a true and honest look at humanity, shown at its brightest and darkest moments.

What is the most important thing that you’ve learned about VII after curating this month?

CM: The power of photography, photography that can stand the test of time.

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