“A Dog Called Money,” a documentary from Seamus Murphy on British pop musician PJ Harvey, was just released in UK cinemas and on MUBI UK & Ireland.
Ahead of the release, Seamus and PJ joined Miranda Sawyer on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Sound & Vision to discuss the film. Listen to the interview here.
About the film: “Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy, hatched a collaboration. Seeking first-hand experience of the countries she wanted to write about, Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, D.C. Harvey collected words, and Murphy collected images.
Back home, the words become poems, songs, then an album, which is recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House, London. In a specially constructed room behind one-way glass, the public — all cameras surrendered — are invited to watch the five-week process as a live sound-sculpture. Murphy exclusively documents the experiment with the same forensic vision and private access as their travels.
By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the people and places they visited, Murphy shows the humanity at the heart of the work, tracing the sources of the songs, their special metamorphosis into recorded music, and, ultimately, cinema.”
For the first time ever, VII Photo Agency co-founders Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv will speak together about their images from the dissolution of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in conversation by War Photo Limited director Wade Goddard, the discussion will touch on some of the most famous images of the various wars and the stories behind them.
This event will be live-streamed on the VII Academy’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 1900 CET; 1800 GMT; 1300 EST; 1000 PST.
The 6×6 Global Talent Program recognizes six visual storytellers from six global regions, to highlight talent from around the world and present stories with diverse perspectives. Valentina Sinis and Mathias Svold of the VII Mentor Program are two of the new talents from Europe.
Valentina Sinis is an Italian photographer living and working in China. Her work gravitates toward the quirky and unusual. She is attracted to realities and people that normally don’t get coverage in the media.
In Millennials Baghdad, Sinis documents how the young Iraqi population are rebuilding Iraq today, 16 years after the invasion of Iraq promised better lives for Iraqis after three decades of dictatorship. Among these young people, there are artists, emerging designers, intellectuals, photographers, and influencers.
“Watching the growth of Valentina’s work in rapid time has been inspiring. Both her work in China and being one of the few looking at the post-ISIS world in a unique way convinces me that she will be a perfect addition to the 6×6 Global Talent Program.”?— Ron Haviv on nominating Valentina Sinis.
Mathias Svold is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. His work often investigates how climate, people, and communities affect nature. In Coastland, Svold investigates how nature, people, and society use and impact the Danish coast, stretching over 8,750 kilometers. In recent years, there’s been a political debate in Denmark about whether to protect the coast or to develop it for tourism. The sea mercilessly eats away at the coast, placing houses and fields at risk, while climate change creates fear of devastating floods and rising water levels.
“Mathias is a skilled young documentary photographer. He is capable of following a long-term project until the end. He has a strong and consistent visual identity.” — Paolo Verzone on nominating Mathias Svold.
For UNICEF, Mary Gelman photographed the story of Baurzhan, a 14-year-old advocate for young people living with HIV in Kazakhstan.
“I am one of those 149 children. I am HIV-positive and today, I am the only teenager in Kazakhstan with HIV who is living openly.”
This story is part of a special series produced by the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Office and photographed by VII Photo Agency to mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Follow along over the next few weeks as we share additional stories, photographed by VII’s Anush Babajanyan, Franco Pagetti, and Maciek Nabrdalik, of young advocates using their voices to protect and promote the rights of other young people.