VII Mentor Program photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe has been selected as a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow. Nolan is an American documentarian focusing primarily on disability and themes such as family, masculinity, parenthood, sports, and human rights. Nolan’s approach to his subjects is informed by a dramatic shift in his view of the world when a spinal cord injury at the age of 23 left him disabled.
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.
Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — we at VII Photo are launching the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”
This project emerged amongst a few of the VII photographers with the intention of focussing attention on the issues that will dominate the US election. The VII Foundation and VII Academy have stepped in to support the project in recognition of the importance of critical and independent storytelling in civic discourse. We will produce stories on material issues that people worldwide are wrangling with, not only Americans. Issues that are used to divide us, and that allow populist politicians to undermine the values that are foundational to our societies.
Click here to view Chapter 1: IOWA.
Photos by Ed Kashi and VII Mentor Program photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe are included in the “SOME PEOPLE” (Every)Body exhibition on view at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago through November 15, 2019.
This multidisciplinary project examines the ethics, people, processes, and systems that constitute the maintenance of, and barriers to, health for human beings.
Preview the exhibition on Instagram: @SomePeopleEveryBody.
On July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty vigils captured the attention of the US and beyond as thousands of people took to the streets to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. VII photographers were there to witness the powerful vigils. Click here to see what Ed Kashi, Danny Wilcox Frazier, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry, and Nolan Trowe of the VII Mentor Program saw and heard.