Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — we at VII Photo are launching the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”
This project emerged amongst a few of the VII photographers with the intention of focussing attention on the issues that will dominate the US election. The VII Foundation and VII Academy have stepped in to support the project in recognition of the importance of critical and independent storytelling in civic discourse. We will produce stories on material issues that people worldwide are wrangling with, not only Americans. Issues that are used to divide us, and that allow populist politicians to undermine the values that are foundational to our societies.
Click here to view Chapter 1: IOWA.
Maggie Steber’s “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma” is on view at Leica Gallery Los Angeles from September 12 through October 21, 2019.
“Over a lifetime we accumulate experiences that end up being like wallpaper in a house where our subconscious resides. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma holds the photographs on that wallpaper, made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and most private memories: my fear of knives, the dark figure that chased and often stabbed me in my dreams from early childhood to middle-age, my spiritual beliefs, my longings and love and all the other things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. In the Secret Garden there is danger but also beauty in a wild jungle that has been growing unfettered. The photographs address every experience I have had in an exterior world but are now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape. I credit Lily, my alter ego, with taking the pictures. What I might miss, Lily sees.”
On July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty vigils captured the attention of the US and beyond as thousands of people took to the streets to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. VII photographers were there to witness the powerful vigils. Click here to see what Ed Kashi, Danny Wilcox Frazier, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry, and Nolan Trowe of the VII Mentor Program saw and heard.