“There is a kind of visual language and literacy and responsibility that comes with photographing someone who is in a vulnerable situation, and how do you do it with dignity.” — Christopher Lee
VII Mentor Program photographer Christopher Lee’s photo of Tanitoluwa Adewumi is featured in The New York Times Year in Pictures. Tanitoluwa, known as Tani, was an 8-year-old refugee from Nigeria living in a homeless shelter with his family. He was also a state chess champion.
Click here to view The New York Times Year in Pictures, featuring more images by Christopher Lee and VII’s Ashley Gilbertson.
In the Central African Republic, which ranks next to last in the world on quality of life indicators, a peace accord allows a pediatrician and his trainees to build a future. See Ashley Gilbertson’s photos for this New York Times story here.
Since January, Ashley Gilbertson has been working on an investigative story with ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine about the dangers of industrialized palm oil. This feature on ProPublica takes a look at the village of Bea Nehas, where the small plots that homes are built on are in constant jeopardy of being burned to the ground and bulldozed. A sprawling plantation that surrounds the village produces huge volumes of palm oil.
by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF
Two years ago, Aleksey was heading to the pond when he picked up an object that had fallen from a passing military convoy. He thought it was a pen, he said, until it exploded up in his hand. “My first feeling was shock and pain,” Aleksey says, “I looked down and saw the fingers were hanging from my hand. My whole life changed. I can’t chop the wood, it’s hard to tie the fishing line, and it’s hard to set the traps to catch animals. Sometimes I’m getting upset up until the moment when I break into tears.” This is Europe today.
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News & Education
Maggie Steber spoke to Ben Smith on A Small Voice Podcast about changing career directions, education, Haiti, the warrior ethos, and her alter ego, “Lily LaPalma.”
Nichole Sobecki was awarded silver in the “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (P×3) “Feature Story” category for her project “A Climate for Conflict.”
Tomas van Houtryve appeared as a guest judge on SKYTV’s Master of Photography. Stay tuned this season for more guest appearances by VII photographers.
The Open Call for the VII Masterclass in Warsaw ended today. Selected participants will be notified directly, and their names will be published on the VII Masterclass webpage and VII Photo Agency’s social media accounts before the beginning of the Masterclass. Check out more upcoming workshops below!
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