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The New York Times Year in Pictures

“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.

It’s Time to Fight tb in children
VII Photo Agency is proud to have partnered with the Stop TB Partnership to create a multimedia campaign to raise awareness worldwide about the challenges faced by children affected by drug-resistant tuberculosis in getting diagnosed and treated.

Maggie SteberMary Gelman, Ashley Gilbertson, and Ziyah Gafic traveled to Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria to produce photo and video content that supports the discussion around why there needs to be new tools to diagnose and treat TB. It is a treatable and curable disease yet children are still dying from it.

The Stop TB’s Global Drug Facility (GDF) set up the Pediatric Drug-Resistant TB Initiative aiming to ensure access to the best possible treatments to children suffering from one of the deadliest diseases that exist.

For decades, there were no child-friendly medicines to treat drug-resistant TB, so doctors had to treat them with drugs created for adults. But that is changing, and now there are new child-friendly medicines to treat drug-resistant TB in children.

Watch the video here.

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson

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.

Featured Story: Children on the Line

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.
SEE THE STORY

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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