“In this unnatural state of isolation, photographers show us the things that bind.” The New York Times recently asked 15 photographers, including VII’s Maggie Steber to document their lives in quarantine.
“I am a documentary photographer who has worked in 70 countries covering war and hunger and many sad things but also great beauty and courage.
I live alone in a small house in Miami with two cats, A and B, who think they are dogs. I don’t mind being alone during this corona crisis because I grew up alone, an only child of an only parent who was a brilliant and eccentric scientist.
I was fortunate to have the mother I had. She was a parasitologist and worked with viruses as well, including early research on the AIDS virus. When I was a child, my mother would tell me bedtime stories in which the main characters were parasites and viruses. On weekends, we would go to her lab and I would play with white mice and look with fascination at jars containing tapeworms and all kinds of icky-looking manifestations of parasites…”
Read more from Maggie here.
Yunghi Kim, an award-winning photojournalist who has covered stories all over the world, started the Trailblazers of Light, a website that celebrates women in her field and the contributions they’ve made. Included are VII’s co-founder, Alexandra Boulat, as well as VII’s Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, and Maggie Steber.
“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 3: American Dreams, which includes an essay by author John Edwin Mason, professor of African History and the History of Photography at the University of Virginia.
This chapter includes six photo stories by VII’s Ed Kashi, Christopher Lee, Maggie Steber, and guest photographers Endia Beal, Zun Lee, and Griselda San Martin.
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has awarded its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Karen Mullarkey and VII’s Maggie Steber for their commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession.
Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has continued to recognize individuals for their special contributions to the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism.
Her Take, an exhibition by the female photographers of VII, will be on view at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland, from February 2 through April 5, 2020.
In Her Take, Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry share their visual reflections on contemporary masculinity and its media and artistic representations. Documentary or conceptual, their projects explore and rethink the images and archetypes generally associated with the masculine. The exhibition grows from the authors’ participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power, and representation.
Join Sara Terry at the opening of Her Take on February 1, and for an artist talk and portfolio reviews on February 2.