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?Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers

VII is excited to announce that we are partnering with EyeEm, the world’s premier photography community and platform, to discover some of the world’s most promising and talented emerging photographers. To coincide with the announcement of our 2015 Mentor Program open call,? we’re launching Untold Stories with EyeEm, a 3­-week photo mission that aims to discover the most thought-­provoking and visually compelling untold stories from the EyeEm community and beyond.

Share the untold stories of your world

Every image tells a story. This mission is about the stories that are untold. It’s the stories of the people and places around us that don’t have a voice of their own and remain unseen, y?et happen everyday in front of our very own eyes. ?What are the untold stories that you have witnessed? Take a look around, capture a moment, tell the story in your caption and submit it to this mission.

Win a portfolio review with a VII photographer

From the entries, the jury, consisting of Donald Weber, Sarker Protick and Maciek Nabrdalik, will select 25 finalists and one winner. The top winner receives a one­-on-­one portfolio review with a VII photographer. The review aims to expand the winning photographer’s practice ?and to support them in their journey as engaged visual storytellers.

Two runner-­ups will receive a signed book from VII photographers. All finalist images will be featured on the EyeEm blog.

The jury

Maciek Nabrdalik

Maciek Nabrdalik is a documentary photographer based in Poland. He is a member of the prestigious VII Photo agency. Although Nabrdalik works worldwide his main concentration is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe.

Maciek’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland and appears in the Smithsonian Magazine, L’Espresso, Stern, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek Polityka, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal among others.

His awards include honors from World Press Photo (2014), Pictures of the Year International (2013, 2011), NPPA The Best of Photojournalism (2012, 2011, 2010) and multiple awards in his native Poland. In 2012 he was awarded with grant from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to continue his project on Nazi camps survivors worldwide, which was published as a book called The Irreversible in 2013.

Donald Weber

Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has since devoted himself to the study of how Power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects; what he records is its secret collaboration with both masters and victims.

Weber is the author of four books. His first, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, won the photolucida Book Prize and asked a simple question: what is daily life actually like, in a post-atomic world? His next book, Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it is included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III.’ His latest book, Barricade, is a collaboration about the smoking language of the Ukrainian Revolt’s siege apparatus, released fall, 2014. ‘War Sand’ is about forensic inquisitiveness and existential wondering beyond the endless quiet that lies beyond the flare of bold historical events.

Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a teenager he wanted to be a musician and songwriter, but discovered photography around the age of 24. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he enrolled at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute to learn photography. Sarker’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, GEO Magazine, The New Yorker, La Libèration, National Geographic, Die Zeit, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times and Wired, among many others.

In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Sarker was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he went on to win a World Press Photo award for his story ‘What Remains’ and selected for PDN’s 30.

Sarker is currently teaching at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy.

How to take part

In the EyeEm app, tag your photos with “Untold Stories.” Your photo will then be automatically added to the album. If you want to add a photo that you’ve already uploaded, just go to your profile, view the photo and select “Edit Photo.” From there, you can add the tag, “Untold Stories”.

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About EyeEm

EyeEm is a global community and marketplace for real photography. With a community of more than 15 million, EyeEm is a place for photographers of any ability to share, interact, and learn more about photography. Through EyeEm’s photo Missions, Market and global exhibitions, the community showcases their work to brands, individuals and any other third parties interested in licensing images. There are currently over 60 million images on the platform.

About the VII Mentor Program

The VII Mentor Program is a unique initiative that has mentored some of the brightest new photography talent since its start in 2008. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. Submissions are open until November 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM.

Read more about it and apply here.

?About Untold Stories by EyeEm and VII Photo

Untold Stories was created out of several conversations between EyeEm and VII photographers Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi. Based on our common belief in the power of images to tell today’s stories, we’re teaming up to discover new talents in the EyeEm community & beyond to support them in their journey as visual storytellers.???

Mentor Program Open Call

The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging  new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program.

The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are nominated by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program must be sponsored by one of the VII Member photographers who will then work with them for two years.

VII Mentor Program Selection Criteria

What we are looking for:

1. The most promising and talented emerging photographers in the industry
2. Placing a particular importance in selecting photographers who are underrepresented within the industry.
3. Photographers who are already trained, have some professional experience and are now ready to take the next step with their career.
4. Photographers who are seen as being on the cusp of greatness and who are consistently generating high-quality photographic content.
5. Note that some applicants may be considered too advanced for the program.
6. Note that we will make allowances for advancement/skills for majority world photographers who have had no access to formal education.
7. We are looking for photographers that can demonstrate a cohesive personal aesthetic vision and are generating interesting, unexpected and mature story ideas.
8. The portfolio should consist of stories (not single images) and demonstrate the breadth of the applicants photographic experience.
9. If the applicant shoots video/documentary film they should be asked to submit it in the call for applications.

How to Apply

To apply for the VII Mentor Program, please submit the following by November 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time to

A Word Document containing the following:

?• A brief explanation as to why you would like to join the VII Mentor Program.
?• A short biography.
?• An explanation of the content of the images submitted and, if applicable, please provide no more than 3 links to your motion work.

A zip file containing no more than 50 images with the following specifications:

?• 72 DPI
?• Longest axis no greater than 1440 pixels
?• JPEG compression of 83
?• IPTC metadata: Caption, City, State, Country, Credit, Date Created
?• Label each image as follows: Your initials than the sequence number ex. JS-001, JS-002, through JS-050

The announcement of new mentees will be made on January 5, 2016.

Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant Announced

Photo by Alfonso Moral / Cosmos

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant, supported by LaScam, has been awarded to Spanish photographer Alfonso Moral of the Cosmos Photo Agency. Alfonso’s recent work has focused on the city of Tripoli, Lebanon. The wounds of the conflict between the Sunni and Alawi communities have transformed the city into a small scale reproduction of the conflict prevailing in neighboring Syria. The project, “Shadows of Tripoli,” aims to show daily life in this divided city and the constant problems faced by a population that is permanently threatened.

The jury was made of: Pascal Briard (ex-Canon), Jean-François Camp (head of Laboratory Central Dupon Images), Jean-Claude Coutausse (photographer representing LaScam), Simon Edwards (artistic director of Salon de la Photo), Sylvie Grumbach (Head of 2ème bureau), Pascal Maitre (photographer) and Marc Simon (Editor-in-chief of VSD magazine).

Alfonso Moral received his grant on September 3, 2015 during an evening screening at the Festival Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan. He has 9 months to produce his story.




Newest Americans



NEWARK, N.J. and NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, July 1st, Newest Americans (, a unique multi-media digital publication dedicated to storytelling from global perspectives, will launch to the online community.

This unprecedented collaboration between Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N), Talking Eyes, and VII Photo, draws from the diverse global populations of Newark, New Jersey, which is home to the most diverse national university in the United States.

Slated to publish three times a year, the inaugural issue of Newest Americans features the work of professional journalists, documentary filmmakers, artists, research faculty and students. Stories are told through video, spoken word, personal blogs, graphic novels and photographs —all reflecting the authentic voices of a blended culture. The Newest Americans project was announced by today by Tim Raphael, director of the Center for Migration and the Global City at RU–N.

“Newark has always been a crucible for the construction of new American identities,” said Raphael. “It is the connective thread that ties these new immigrant journeys to the foundational story of American identity born of migration and transformation.”

“We are exploring the hidden corners of immigrants’ lives and mapping the future of American cities through this project,” said Julie Winokur, executive director of Talking Eyes. “This is an unprecedented collaborative effort by Newark-based professionals and students to capture an authentic portrait of our multifaceted culture. We are excited to share this glimpse into the world of the newest Americans and the vision it provides of our demographic future.”

Newest Americans emanates from Newark, but its stories take us around the world to Nigeria, Syria and back to the U.S.’s own Jim Crow South. The inaugural issue will launch with two ongoing series:

  • American Sueno,” – an unfolding story about Mexico native Marisol Conde-Hernandez, an aspirational undocumented law student who will most likely not be permitted to practice in the U.S. when she earns her degree. Brought to the United States by her parents when she was one year old, she continues to fight her way through the U.S. legal system as she awaits the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration.
  • We Came and Stayed” offers a rare and intimate profile of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who provided exclusive access to the producers of the Newest Americans during the early days of his administration. The resulting film and photo essay recounts Baraka’s family journey from rural South Carolina to the seat of power in “Brick City.”


Other features to launch in the inaugural issue of Newest Americans include:

  • Notes For My Homeland – A short film with original music from Malek Jandali, a Syrian-American composer who wrote a song that is so powerful, his parents were beaten in retaliation for its performance.
  • Glass Books: Provisions – A rich compilation of videos, photos, audio and poetry about an art project featuring books made of glass. “Provisions” explores the effects of the seismic change the Great Migration brought to individuals, their families, the city of Newark and the country at large.
  • From Where I Stand –  Audio essays by RU–N students from Nigeria, Egypt and Newark, assessing the challenges and opportunities that present themselves from where they stand.
  • Face of A City – A graphic novel boldly told through the eyes of Alex Yoe, an Asian-American student encountering a new world.
  • Transcendental Latino –  Spoken word poetry by a Honduran-born Iraq War veteran about his family’s immigrant experience.
  • Maid in the USA – A blog from American born Shana Russell, a doctoral student who comes from four generations of domestic workers, urging us to think more deeply about domestic labor, race and immigration.


About Rutgers University–Newark
Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N) is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s largest city and cultural capital. Nearly 11,500 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. An engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility, RU–N has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. A pivotal strength is that RU–N brings an exceptional diversity of people to this work—students, faculty, staff, and community partners—increasing it innovation, creativity, engagement, and relevance for our time and the times ahead. For more information please visit

About the Center for Migration and the Global City
An incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, public humanities and civic engagement that addresses the local and global effects of migration, CMGC is based at Rutgers University–Newark, ranked the most ethnically diverse national university by U.S. News & World Report since it first established the category 18 years ago.

About Talking Eyes
A non-profit production company whose work stimulates public dialogue and advocates for positive social change, Talking Eyes is based in Montclair, New Jersey. Talking Eyes has produced films, books and essays that have appeared on the MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery channels, and been featured in The New York Times and many other major media outlets.

About VII Photo
VII Photo represents 20 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history. Renowned for the quality of its photography, the group’s collective archive of more than 100,000 images has been built in collaboration with the world’s leading publications, including Time, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO Germany, Paris Match and Le Monde.

SOURCE Rutgers University — Newark

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