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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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Announcing our new members

VII is excited to announce two new members and our new C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board.

A few words from VII

In this era of increased connectedness and thorough understanding of a global world, VII is proud to accept two photographers whose singular visions are very much their own. Both Sarker Protick and Danny Wilcox Frazier are known for their comfort and ability to tell stories about their own frontiers, be it Bangladesh or Middle America. In the end, we all live somewhere, and these two photographers show what it means to be a citizen and a member of a community. With the addition of Sarker Protick and Danny Wilcox Frazier, VII is steadfast in its continuing efforts to tell stories on an intimate, yet global, scale.

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Sarker Protick

What Remians

On joining VII…

Sarker Protick, 29, came to photography when one day during his graduate studies at University, he decided to take a picture of the sun with a camera phone. The bright sun immediately crashed his phone, the light proving too intense for his camera, but it did ignite his desire to make pictures.

From Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker looks for unheard of stories from his home country, challenging the status quo of visual stereotypes and undoing the common tropes of storytelling. He questions the everyday, and finds exuberance in the ordinary, the real in the unreal.

As a member of VII, Sarker looks forward to collaboration with the other members on exploring the boundaries and meanings of story. “The environment is challenging, but I take comfort in meeting these challenges with VII photographers. Together I know we can make great things”

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Danny Wilcox Frazier

Photo by Danny WIlcox Frazier

On joining VII…

The complexity of modern life is so often reduced to simple sound bites, while visual storytelling embraces that complexity and examines the human condition and natural world with depth, compassion, and honesty. The members of VII are among the most gifted and passionate photographers working in this tradition today and collectively the agency strives to not just record the world, but educate and change it. My work focuses on the emotional landscape of isolated communities and I will continue to document the towns and villages fighting to preserve their culture and autonomy. It is an honor to join the ranks of one of the world’s leading photography collectives. I’m excited to add my voice to VII’s mission and join their effort to advance the social issues of our times with photography that demands attention and inspires public debate.

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From the C.E.O. & Chairman of the Board

Approximately five years ago, I left my position as a member of the board of directors of VII to pursue other business consulting opportunities. Today, I resume my connection to the company and its members.

In the intervening period, much has changed in the world of photography and journalism, but one constant remains, and that is the core values of every member of VII. As one founding member recently characterized that quality, the members of VII, “have a long history of challenging political and cultural orthodoxy, of breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo.” And it is those exact qualities that make working with the company, once again, appealing.

Without doubt, the business environment that exists today presents challenges that did not exist during my prior engagement. These challenges need to be met head-on with new ideas and a rekindled enthusiasm. It is my intention to rapidly implement those ideas and motivate my colleagues to embrace the changes that we collectively envision.

I would like to thank my predecessors for carrying things forward to this point, and I am grateful to the present membership for entrusting me with the responsibility of C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board of VII Photo.

You may feel free to contact me regarding this matter at my email address:


Richard D. Schoenberg


A distinguished jury comprised of James Estrin (The New York Times), Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona On The Move Festival), and Roberto Huarcaya (Centro de la Imagen de Lima) has awarded Tomas van Houtryve the PMH 2015 Grant first prize ($2000) for his series Blue Sky Days.

Reflecting on the darker uses of photography in the twenty-first century, with a specific focus on the American drone war, Tomas van Houtryve’s Blue Sky Days considers the tools of state power and the gap in public understanding of contemporary imaging technologies. To open up a visual narrative on these issues, van Houtryve deployed his own drone – equipped with a high resolution camera – above the skies of America and captured scenes reminiscent of those targeted by the US  military during their conflicts in Pakistan and Yemen. The resulting images bring clandestine war and the growing nature of surveillance into common consciousness.

Blue Sky Days was selected as the winner from 994 entries by  Christopher Anderson, photographer and member of Magnum Photos; James Estrin, co-editor of The New York Times Lens Blog; Arianna Rinaldo, Director of Cortona On The Move  Festival; and Roberto Huarcaya, Director of Centro de la Imagen de Lima. Estrin said of the winning series: “Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern existence – privacy, government intrusion, and modern antiseptic warfare.”

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