“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.
Getty Images, in collaboration with Verizon Media, has named five recipients to its latest Creative Bursary grant centering around life with disabilities.
Nolan Ryan Trowe, of the VII Mentor Program, has been awarded first place for his project “Adopted Family.” Nolan is a disabled documentary photographer and filmmaker who is inspired by the human condition. His project sheds light on a group of 10 people with disabilities who gather weekly in Harlem to discuss disability rights and representation.
National Geographic’s 100 best images of the year — curated from 106 photographers, 121 stories, and more than two million photographs — includes work by VII’s Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Mathias Svold.
The 6×6 Global Talent Program recognizes six visual storytellers from six global regions, to highlight talent from around the world and present stories with diverse perspectives. Valentina Sinis and Mathias Svold of the VII Mentor Program are two of the new talents from Europe.
Valentina Sinis is an Italian photographer living and working in China. Her work gravitates toward the quirky and unusual. She is attracted to realities and people that normally don’t get coverage in the media.
In Millennials Baghdad, Sinis documents how the young Iraqi population are rebuilding Iraq today, 16 years after the invasion of Iraq promised better lives for Iraqis after three decades of dictatorship. Among these young people, there are artists, emerging designers, intellectuals, photographers, and influencers.
“Watching the growth of Valentina’s work in rapid time has been inspiring. Both her work in China and being one of the few looking at the post-ISIS world in a unique way convinces me that she will be a perfect addition to the 6×6 Global Talent Program.”?— Ron Haviv on nominating Valentina Sinis.
Mathias Svold is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. His work often investigates how climate, people, and communities affect nature. In Coastland, Svold investigates how nature, people, and society use and impact the Danish coast, stretching over 8,750 kilometers. In recent years, there’s been a political debate in Denmark about whether to protect the coast or to develop it for tourism. The sea mercilessly eats away at the coast, placing houses and fields at risk, while climate change creates fear of devastating floods and rising water levels.
“Mathias is a skilled young documentary photographer. He is capable of following a long-term project until the end. He has a strong and consistent visual identity.” — Paolo Verzone on nominating Mathias Svold.