Seven VII photographers are talking about inspiration in this special edition of #7withVII. We ask one question and get 7 answers. We asked, “Who/what inspires you to create and why.” Here’s what Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ed Kashi, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Daniel Schwartz, Nichole Sobecki, and John Stanmeyer had to say.
Daniel Schwartz is featured on the latest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, Daniel speaks about early education, the documentary about his life and work, “Beyond The Obvious,” the current situation in Yemen, and joining VII as an Emeritus member.
“We need to listen. First of all, we need to go, see for ourselves, and then obviously we meet people and we have to listen to them. We should forget about our pre-concepts which we carry. We inform ourselves at home and then we forget what we have read, and we go there. And this will eventually change or modify the concepts we have, and we need to listen to what people have to say to us and to find a way of building their information into the way we see things.”
VII co-founder Ron Haviv is featured on the latest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, Ron speaks about his Lost Rolls project, the relationship between photography and memory, fear and the myth of the “adrenaline addicted” war photographer, and being a human being first and a photographer second.
VII co-founder John Stanmeyer is featured on the latest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, John speaks about social media as publishing, serendipity, the “unfathomable power” of reality and why he doesn’t see mistakes as mistakes.