Refinery 29 asked 29 photographers around the world, including Forough Alaei of the VII Mentor Program, to tell them what their experience amid the pandemic looks like at a specific time of day — 3 p.m. — and their answers offered a revealing glimpse into the changing lives of artists.
“Introverting through my thoughts is really inspiring these days. In isolation, I’ve found how dependent I am on my friends, family, and even strangers on the streets that I used to ignore. My husband who is beside me in these gloomy days has been a steady source of support. Once the crisis has passed, I wish for a long walk on the populated streets of Tehran to feel the city and its people.” — Forough Alaei
Thousands of Iranians have been separated from their families in the USA ever since U.S President Donald Trump’s 2017 travel ban went into effect. Forough Alaie of the VII Mentor Program’s photos for Foreign Policy show the reality of the situation.
This week’s TIME magazine about the coronavirus pandemic features six covers, including one shot by VII Mentor Program photographer Forough Alaei in Iran.
“The covers show images ranging from the tragically hard-hit Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., to the balconies of Tehran and the streets of China. Seen together, they are meant to show how truly banded together we all are in this fight, writes Edward Felsenthal,” TIME‘s Editor-in-Chief and CEO.
Read the story behind Forough’s cover image here.
VII is excited to announce the addition of new photographers to its fold. Our newest colleagues continue VII’s desire to represent and amplify diverse opinions, experiences, and voices. They include photographers from Europe, the Middle East, the USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, men and women who are taking their first steps in photography and some with almost four decades of legacy.
The new photographers are: