Category: Gary Knight

#BosniaWarJournalists

In Srebrenica in 1995, 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serb Military and Paramilitary units under the direct command of the Government of Serbia led by Slobodan Milosevic in what the International Criminal Court labeled a genocide. After this war crime, Peter Handke, the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, traveled through Serbia, writing a text subtitled “Justice for Serbia.” He later spoke at the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of the Republic of Serbia who was tried for crimes against humanity in The Hague, but who died before a verdict was reached.

On December 10, the day Handke received the Nobel Prize, reporters and photographers who documented these crimes used the hashtag #bosniawarjournalists to testify to what happened during that war and its aftermath.

VII Photo Agency Director and Co-Founder, Gary Knight, posted this photograph of his friend Mevludin Oric. Mevludin survived a mass execution at Srebrenica by falling to the ground when the machine guns opened up and spent the night hiding under his cousin’s body. He relives that experience every day

Explore more photos and stories, including those by VII’s Ron HavivPaul LoweChristopher MorrisSara Terry, and Ziyah Gafic here.

Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award Jury President

Photo by Gary Knight

Gary KnightGary Knight, the Director and a founding member of VII Photo Agency, will be president of the jury this year at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award in October.

“It is a great privilege to be invited to Chair the jury of the Bayeux Award for war correspondents this year and to honor the men and women who file dispatches and images from fields of conflict. It is especially poignant to do this at a time when our media are increasingly under attack by politicians and governments – even in countries where a free press is enshrined in the constitution. War reporting is a vital and essential function of journalism. It is critical to civil society, to our sense of justice and accountability and to basic human rights.

As the late Marie Colvin said in 2010, two years before she was killed in Homs: “The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”

Check out recent publications, news, events and more in VII’s December 2017 newsletter.

VII Agency 2017 Year in Review

These photographs represent fragments of personal projects that some of the photographers of VII are working on or assignments that they received in 2017. It is neither a definitive look at the year, or of VII, but a window into the world we have had the privilege to photograph this past year.

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