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.
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.
Nichole Sobecki and Sara Terry were interviewed for the Women’s Media Center’s “Women Under Siege” project.
“When it comes to access, being female can also be an asset because women are often perceived as less threatening than men. ‘Photography isn’t that different from other aspects of life in that you carry your identity with you wherever you go,’ said Nairobi-based Nichole Sobecki, a member of the VII photo agency who photographs throughout Africa, and who recently won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize for her work on the African migration crisis. ‘As a woman, I’m underestimated all the time, and of course you turn that to your advantage. My goal is always to tell the story to the best of my ability, and if not being perceived as a threat will help me with that, then all to the good.'”
According to a 2018 count done by Los Angeles County, there are more than 15,700 people living in 9,100 vehicles every night. Sara Terry’s photos for Bloomberg Businessweek shine a spotlight on these vehicle dwellers who represent over 25 percent of the homeless population in L.A. County.