Category: VII Mentor Program

VII Mentor Program photographer Fabiola Ferrero has been named a 2018 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow.

The Photography and Social Justice program offers specialized training and space for experimentation with new approaches to socially engaged documentary practice. Fabiola Ferrero writes, “artists belong to every space of society, and not only galleries and museums.”

Esther Ruth Mbabazi

Mentor Program

Esther Ruth Mbabazi

Work

Stories / Films / Archive

Location

Kampala, Uganda

Follow

Biography

Esther Ruth Mbabazi is a Ugandan photographer whose work focuses on the social, physical, and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and amongst minority groups.

In 2017, she was a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellow. The year before, Esther was selected for the 2016 World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa and won the inaugural Young Photographer Award presented by the Uganda Press Photo Award. She has completed assignments for international publications such as TIME Magazine, The Observer and El Pais, and she frequently collaborates with organizations such as Comic Relief, Farm Africa and Let There Be Light International, among others.

Recognized for her nuanced approach to social issues, Esther’s work draws on her own experiences to reflect more varied and underrepresented stories from the African continent and beyond.

Esther is mentored by Nichole Sobecki.

News

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Mathias Svold

Mentor Program

Mathias Svold

Work

Stories / Films / Archive

Location

Aarhus, Denmark

Follow

Biography

Mathias Svold, born in 1991, is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. Besides pursuing personal long-term projects, he is working as a freelance photojournalist.

He has a strong interest in the relationship between humans and nature, and his work often investigates how climate, people, and communities affect nature. His stories aim to remind the viewers about our impact on nature as a society and often his work focuses on covering an area or theme telling small stories in a larger context.

Mathias graduated in 2017 from the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s four-year long photojournalism program where he interned for 18 months at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. His stories have been published in various media outlets such as The Washington Post, Feature Shoot, Politiken and Information.

In 2017, he was elected College Photographer of the Year and is nominated for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass. Mathias’ work has been recognized by the PDN Photo Annual, College Photographer of the Year and Pictures of the Year in Denmark. His project “COASTLAND” will be published as a photo book in the fall of 2018 along with several exhibitions.

Mathias is mentored by Joachim Ladefoged.

News

    Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events at this time.

    Valentina Sinis

    Mentor Program

    Valentina Sinis

    Work

    Stories / Films / Archive

    Location

    Chengdu, China

    Follow

    Biography

    EyesOnChina contributor Valentina Sinis has lived and worked in China since 2004. Based in the Sichuan province, she has immersed herself in the rich culture of the region, has become fluent in the language, and worked to develop a dynamic network of collaborators. These experiences have shaped her aesthetic sensibility and vastly enriched her practice.  

    Valentina gravitates toward the quirky and unusual. She is attracted to offbeat realities and people existing on the margins. Her photographs illustrate the deep bond she forms with her subjects. She brings to her work a thorough but delicate insight into idiosyncrasies, hidden meanings, and all those subtle gestures that are either taken for granted or sensationalized but rarely investigated.

    Her pictures have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers nationwide. Currently, she is working on a long-term independent project in Asia and Middle East, as well as assignments throughout China. Moving forward, Valentina will continue to deepen her engagement in Chinese culture as she seeks to document cultural movements at every level, from fashion and art to contemporary tattooing and music to ancient traditions.

    Valentina is mentored by Christopher Morris.

    News

    Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events at this time.

    Sharon Castellanos

    Mentor Program

    Sharon Castellanos

    Work

    Stories / Films / Archive

    Location

    Cusco City, Peru

    Follow

    Biography

    Sharon Castellanos was born and raised in Lima, Peru (1989). She worked as a photojournalist for a local newspaper for four years and also as a correspondent in the Cusco region (2014) for one year.

    In 2017, she was part of SMArt programme (FDDM), a three-month artist residency program focused on the challenges of mountain regions in the Canton of Valais (Switzerland). Her photos have been published in The New York Times Lens blog, GEO Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Index Nagykép (Hungary), Walliser Bote, Regional Zeitung (Switzerland) and local media such as Revista h, El Comercio, La República. Her work has been exhibited in Brig (Switzerland), Lima and Cusco city (Peru). Currently, she lives in Cusco city.

    Sharon is mentored by Tomas Van Houtryve.

    News

    Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events at this time.

    Contact us

    VII Photo Agency

    PO Box 621
    Manville, NJ
    08835

    +1 646-694-8447
    info@viiphoto.com

    Licensing & Assignments

    Redux Pictures
    research@reduxpictures.com
    +1 212-253-0399

    Stay connected

    Visit the store

    VII Photo Store

    The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.

    Photographers

    Members

    • Anush Babajanyan
    • Zackary Canepari
    • Jessica Dimmock
    • Linda Bournane Engelberth
    • Danny Wilcox Frazier
    • Ziyah Gafic
    • Ashley Gilbertson
    • Ron Haviv
    • Ed Kashi
    • Maciek Nabrdalik
    • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
    • Carlos Javier Ortiz
    • Ruddy Roye
    • Nichole Sobecki
    • Tomas Van Houtryve

    Emeritus

    • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
    • Philip Blenkinsop
    • Stefano De Luigi
    • Gary Knight
    • Joachim Ladefoged
    • Paul Lowe
    • Christopher Morris
    • Seamus Murphy
    • Franco Pagetti
    • Daniel Schwartz
    • Maggie Steber
    • John Stanmeyer
    • Sara Terry
    • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

    Mentor Program

    • Ali Arkady
    • Leonardo Carrato
    • Sharon Castellanos
    • Fabiola Ferrero
    • Hector Guerrero
    • Christopher Lee
    • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
    • Valentina Sinis
    • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
    • Mathias Svold

    Whereabouts

    © 2018 - VII PHOTO AGENCY, LLC.