Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, accepted the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and was presented on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.
VII Emeritus member Paul Lowe is among 20 journalists, historians, artists, and activists selected by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network to receive grants to create small projects based on the archives of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries. Paul will create a visual presentation of ‘Sniper Alley’ during the siege of Sarajevo using archive footage and other available materials.
Nolan Ryan Trowe, of the VII Mentor Program, has been awarded first place for his project “Adopted Family.” Nolan is a disabled documentary photographer and filmmaker who is inspired by the human condition. His project sheds light on a group of 10 people with disabilities who gather weekly in Harlem to discuss disability rights and representation.
National Geographic’s 100 best images of the year — curated from 106 photographers, 121 stories, and more than two million photographs — includes work by VII’s Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Mathias Svold.