Christopher Lee of the VII Mentor Program was on assignment for The New York Times for this article about how a dusty migrant camp along the southern border in Mexico is on the brink of becoming a humanitarian disaster as the virus spreads across the USA.
The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the 196 nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass, from which the 12 participants will be selected. Included amongst the finalists are Mary Gelman, VII Photo Agency member, and Mentor Program photographers Swarat Ghosh, Hector Guerrero, Christopher Lee, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Prin Rodriguez, and Valentina Sinis.
“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 3: American Dreams, which includes an essay by author John Edwin Mason, professor of African History and the History of Photography at the University of Virginia.
This chapter includes six photo stories by VII’s Ed Kashi, Christopher Lee, Maggie Steber, and guest photographers Endia Beal, Zun Lee, and Griselda San Martin.
“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.
Christopher Lee‘s photography can be seen in this New York Times piece on Davion Powell. Davion came close to escaping Brooklyn’s gang violence, but in the end he ran afoul of the Bloods in his neighborhood.