VII will be accepting applications for membership until April 1, 2019. VII is particularly interested in working with photographers who will continue to diversify our membership.
We invite a wide range of styles, approaches, and philosophies toward image making, visual storytelling, reportage, and personal artistic endeavors. What is critically important to us is your independence, professionalism, and collegiality. Your personality and willingness to collaborate with other members of the agency, cooperate, and get involved in growing the agency is essential.
VII will be accepting applications for the Mentor Program until April 15, 2019. The VII Mentor Program is the first mentor program of its kind and has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008. The program seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging new talents in the industry. We are particularly interested in engaging with new talent from the majority world and other underrepresented communities.
The Overseas Press Club of America has announced their annual award winners, including VII Emeritus Member Maggie Steber.
Maggie, a 1988 OPC Award winner, who has worked in 64 countries during her career focusing on humanitarian, cultural and social stories, has received the OPC President’s Award.
“Maggie Steber’s body of work shows that dedication to the pursuit of stories and journalistic ideals is worthwhile and noble and has a profound impact on the audience and the subjects of the work,” said Pancho Bernasconi, president, Overseas Press Club of America.
The OPC Awards will be live-streamed on April 18, 2019. Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron will deliver the keynote address and the evening’s emcee will be NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.
For Nick Kristoff’s New York Times opinion column, VII Mentor photographer Christopher Lee photographed Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi, who lives with his family in a shelter in New York City. Tani went from chess novice to chess champion in little over a year.
Tani and his family fled Northern Nigeria in 2017 fearing Boko Haram. Since arriving in NYC, Tani began attending PS 116 where he was taught chess by a part-time chess teacher. A year later, he was crowned state champion, beating out peers from wealthy private schools that have coaches and resources that someone like Tani wouldn’t have had access to. “Tani is a reminder that refugees enrich this nation — and that talent is universal, even if opportunity is not.”
From May 9 – 11, the newly formed VII Academy, a project of the VII Foundation and partner of VII Photo Agency, will host a three-day festival of photography and visual journalism in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This educational event is free and open to all, and includes presentations by VII Photo Agency photographers, discussion panels focusing on media and visual journalism, film screenings, portfolio reviews, and much more.
Sarajevo and the Balkans are deeply embedded in the culture of VII. The agency was built on the relationships established during the war in the 1990s by the founding members of the agency. The late Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, and Christopher Morris all photographed the war with Paul Lowe, who now lives in Sarajevo. Ziyah Gafic was born in Sarajevo and was raised there during the war of the 1990s, and he and Sara Terry have immersed themselves in representing post-conflict Bosnia.
Based in Sarajevo, the VII Academy is building a permanent presence in the Balkans to work with local cultural institutions and create an education platform to train young men and women in visual media practice.