Tomas Van Houtryve followed Mexico’s long-forgotten northern boundary to meet families who have lived in the region, now forming part of the United States, for centuries. His project, “Lines and Lineage,” is featured in The New York Times Lens Blog.
Mr. van Houtryve, 44, wanted to challenge what he calls the West’s “puffed-up mythology” in which Hollywood nurtured the view that the expansion of the United States spread ideas like equality, liberty and democracy in conquered lands.
“In reality, these values arrived in the West straight from Mexico City,” said Mr. van Houtryve, who was raised in California and now lives in Paris. “The main ideological import of Anglo-Americans to the West at the time was actually strident white supremacy.”
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.