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The VII Tutor Program

VII is proud to announce the VII Tutor Program — a collaborative educational project with Officine Fotografiche – Milano. Beginning in early 2018, the VII Tutor Program will be divided into five cycles throughout the next two years and will be taught by five member photographers. Each cycle will take place at the Officine Fotografiche branch in Milan. Established in

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ALL AT ONCE: Visual Storytelling with VII in Barcelona

Photo by Tomas Van Houtryve / VII In March of 2018, VII photographers will convene in Barcelona, Spain for their annual meeting. On this occasion, from March 26 – 28, 2018, the agency will hold a 3-day photography workshop with Eyes in Progress at the Catalan Civic Center Casa Golferichs in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. This will be the

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Open Call For New Members

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications. The open call is now closed. New members will be notified by October 15, 2017. If you have further questions, please contact Thank you for considering VII.

Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award 2017 Winner

© Romain Laurendeau, 2017 Recipient of the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, sponsored for a third time by the LaScam (société civile des auteurs multimedia), has selected Romain Laurendeau as the 2017 grant winner. The award of €8000 is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project. It will be presented

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Fifteen years of VII: Iconic Prints

To celebrate the agency’s fifteen year anniversary, VII is offering a very special edition of our VII print sale: iconic prints. For this print sale, every member of the agency has selected one of their most iconic images including work from Ron Haviv’s Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal; Antonin Kratochvil’s Broken Dream; and Ashley Gilbertson’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Each 8×10 photograph is

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Scholarship for Visual Storytelling with Ron Haviv and Gary Knight

VII is offering a limited amount of scholarship slots to photographers of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) to Ron Haviv and Gary Knight’s Visual Storytelling Workshop in Sarajevo. To apply, please send a portfolio of no more than 20 photos made up of a story, stories or single images via WeTransfer or Hightail to

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Newest Americans’ NEH Grant Will Support Neighborhood Immigrant History Project and Newark History Bus Initiative

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII of Halsey Street in Newark, NJ on September 3, 2015. Newest Americans, a digital storytelling initiative and a collaboration between Rutgers University-Newark, Talking Eyes Media and VII Photo Agency, has been awarded a Community Conversations grant of $310,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will support media production for documenting the immigrant histories of

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January 2017 Newsletter

Check out the January newsletter from VII, featuring the news, featured stories, events and recent publications from VII.

December 2016 Newsletter

Check out the December newsletter from VII, featuring the 2016 Year in Review, news, events and recent publication

November 2016 Newsletter

Check out the November newsletter from VII, featuring news, featured stories, events and recent publications from VII.

Sim Chi Yin Awarded International Women’s Media Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Sim Chi Yin, one of the eight journalists awarded with transformational grants by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) through the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. These grants are designed to enable female journalists to pursue important educational opportunities, investigative reporting, and media development initiatives. Chi Yin is receiving IWMF funding to support her ongoing multimedia

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Newest Americans Issue #4

The newest issue of the Newest Americans has just launched! This issue features an interactive exploration of murals in Newark, a film on reverse migration in Guatemala, a look at the legacy of the industrial revolution along the Passaic River, and much more. Check out the new issue, including visuals by VII’s Ed Kashi and Ashley Gilbertson, here. The Newest

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September 2016 Newsletter

Check out the September newsletter from VII, featuring must-see stories from Stefano De Luigi and Ed Kashi, an interview with Jocelyn Bain Hogg, and recent publications by Tomas Van Houtryve, Jessica Dimmock and more!

15th Anniversary Events

The projections at Grace Plaza scheduled for October 6-9 have been canceled.  VII@XV: WHY WE SHOOT with Jessica Dimmock, Ashley Gilbertson and Ron Haviv Oct. 21, 2016 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PhotoPlus International Expo New York, NY Join Christine Nesbitt Hills, Senior Photography Editor at UNICEF, as she moderates a panel of remarkable talent. “What does it mean

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July 2016 Newsletter

Check out the July newsletter from VII, featuring must-see stories from Sarker Protick and Furkan Temir, recent publications by Jocelyn Bain Hogg and Christopher Morris, and much more!

June 2016 Newsletter

Check out the June newsletter from VII, featuring new stories by Sim Chi Yin and Ashley Gilbertson, an interview with Franco Pagetti, recent publications by Tomas van Houtryve and Ed Kashi, and much more!

VII Photographers at LOOK3

LOOK3’s mission is to celebrate the vision of extraordinary photographers, ignite conversations about critical issues, and foster the next generation of artists. This year’s festival in Charlottesville, Virginia will be held from June 13 – 19, and will feature talks, screenings and more with VII’s Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi and Christopher Morris.

Furkan Temir Joins Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce that Furkan Temir has joined its lauded VII Mentor Program, an educational initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be amongst the brightest new talents in the industry. From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, Furkan joins Arnau Bach, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Luisa Dorr,

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May 2016 Newsletter

Check out the May newsletter from VII, featuring must-see stories from Ed Kashi, Esa Ylijaasko, Luisa Dörr, a conversation on press freedom, plus exhibitions, new books and recent publications.

Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announces the 79th class of Nieman Fellows

Congratulations to Maciek Nabrdalik for being selected to join the Nieman class of 2017. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, a leading global voice in professional journalism education and journalistic innovation for 79 years, has selected 24 journalists as members of the Nieman class of 2017. The group includes reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, producers, columnists, filmmakers, a photographer, a director, digital

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Announcing the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass Participants

Congratulations to VII Mentor Program photographer Luisa Dörr for being one of twelve selected to participate in the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass. “Since 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world, and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. It offers a focused, intimate and reflective learning experience

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The 3rd VII Flash Sale: Seven Prints x 7 Days x VII Photo

In celebration of the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday, VII is offering a unique opportunity to purchase signed prints by VII photographers on the theme of motherhood and mothering. For one week only, prints will be available for just $100 USD. Each 8”x10” photograph is printed on museum grade archival C-Type paper at Luxlab, one of New York City’s top labs, backed and sleeved in archival materials,

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2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grantees

Congratulations to Danny Wilcox Frazier, VII Member, and Poulomi Basu of the VII Mentor Program, who have been named recipients of the 2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant, a program that supports independent photographers to produce in-depth and creative stories on underreported issues. This year’s grants are made in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund expanding the support for photographers working on critical issues

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VII All at Once Giveaway

We are giving away 7 discounted spots for VII All At Once — a workshop with the photographers of VII in Barcelona from June 9-13, 2016. University students that are currently enrolled in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography programs may enter for a chance to win a special discounted rate of €550 for the 5 day program. In addition, one grand prize

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SMILE! Get a print from the VII SMILE exhibition for $100!

VII and Gulf Photo Plus are happy to announce a special “SMILE print sale” to celebrate the opening of the VII Smile exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, UAE. From February 4 to March 4, 2016, a selection of 19 prints by each member of VII is available to buy online and at the GPP space in Dubai. Archival-quality prints,

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5 Photographers Join VII Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, an education initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be amongst the brightest new talents in the industry. From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, VII members voted in Arnau Bach, Linda

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Visual Storytelling with VII Photo Agency

ALL AT ONCE — A PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH ALL VII PHOTOGRAPHERS In June of 2016, VII photographers will convene in Barcelona, Spain for their annual meeting. On this occasion, from June 9 – 13, 2016, the agency will hold a unique 4-day photography workshop with Eyes in Progress in an old Spanish Villa set in the Serra de Collserola Natural

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Uncertain Journeys by VII Editions

A collaborative photo essay by the photographers of VII Photo, investigating the refugee crisis in Europe. The work explores issues the refugees faces from Greece through to Germany, and includes an essay by Ashley Gilbertson and Ron Haviv. Preview the book below and click here to purchase it on Blurb.

20 Storytellers of Tomorrow. The Winners of Untold Stories by EyeEm & VII

In September, we teamed up with EyeEm to discover the most talented emerging visual storytellers from their community. “Untold Stories” challenged photographers to tell the stories of the people and places around us that don’t have a voice of their own and remain unseen, yet happen every day in front of our very own eyes. Over 3,000 photographers submitted more than 12,000

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The Queen presented with photographs from Time to See

At a Commonwealth reception held at St James’s Palace on October 27, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales were presented with images taken from the landmark photography exhibition, Time to See. Time to See aims to bring to the attention of the Commonwealth and the world the impact of avoidable blindness, and the solutions

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VII Perspectives: Migration

Saturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday Nov. 15 Tufts University Medford, MA Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student) Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student) Commemorating 10 years of VII and IGL collaboration and the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership, the world’s leading photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency will explore their coverage of the continuing migration

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Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers

Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers VII is excited to announce that we are partnering with EyeEm, the world’s premier photography community and platform, to discover some of the world’s most promising and talented emerging photographers. To coincide with the announcement of our 2015 Mentor Program open call,​ we’re launching Untold Stories with

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Mentor Program Open Call

The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging  new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and

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Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant Announced

Photo by Alfonso Moral / Cosmos The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant, supported by LaScam, has been awarded to Spanish photographer Alfonso Moral of the Cosmos Photo Agency. Alfonso’s recent work has focused on the city of Tripoli, Lebanon. The wounds of the conflict between the Sunni and Alawi communities have transformed the city into a small scale reproduction

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Newest Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWEST AMERICANS NEWARK, N.J. and NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – On Wednesday, July 1st, Newest Americans (, a unique multi-media digital publication dedicated to storytelling from global perspectives, will launch to the online community. This unprecedented collaboration between Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N), Talking Eyes, and VII Photo, draws from the diverse global populations of Newark, New Jersey,

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Announcing our new members

VII is excited to announce two new members and our new C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board. A few words from VII In this era of increased connectedness and thorough understanding of a global world, VII is proud to accept two photographers whose singular visions are very much their own. Both Sarker Protick and Danny Wilcox Frazier are known for

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Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant

A distinguished jury comprised of James Estrin (The New York Times), Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona On The Move Festival), and Roberto Huarcaya (Centro de la Imagen de Lima) has awarded Tomas van Houtryve the PMH 2015 Grant first prize ($2000) for his series Blue Sky Days. Reflecting on the darker uses of photography in the twenty-first century,

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BZ WBK Press Foto Contest

Maciek Nabrdalik received a 2nd place prize in the Daily Life singles category of the Polish BZ WBK Press Foto contest. The winning image is from the Sea Change project of which Nabrdalik is a part of. The winning image depicts: “5 am. Saturday’s party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been

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Sony World Photography Awards

The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Donald Weber as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Still Life Photographer of the Year. Donald Weber, from Toronto who is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series

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VII Internship Program

The VII Photo Internship Program is a four-month part-time commitment of roughly 40 hours per month. The position pays a monthly stipend of 300 euros. Candidates must be based in Europe — ideally either France, Germany, Italy or the United Kingdom. Work may be done remotely, however candidates local to Rome have the opportunity of working from VII photographer Davide

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The Syngenta Photography Award: Scarcity Waste

The winners of the Syngenta Photography Award 2015 have been announced. In response to this year’s theme of “Scarcity-Waste” VII’s Stefano De Luigi submitted his work on the drought in Kenya, and received third prize in the Open Competition. “Scarcity-Waste is the second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award. In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental

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VII Evolution Tour D.C. Workshop Giveaway

Enter your email address below by 10AM EDT on Friday, March 27 2015 for a chance to win a free ticket to a workshop of your choice at the VII Evolution Tour in NYC! Click here to see a full list of workshops.

The VII Evolution Tour

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 Photojournalists from VII Photo Agency, along with technical specialists from AbelCine, present an examination of the evolving business, technology and craft of visual storytelling. This program is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and networking. CHICAGO Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18, 2015 Event details >> PAST

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The VII Evolution Tour – Los Angeles

Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17, 2015 The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking.

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The VII Evolution Tour – Washington, DC

Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We

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Zlatá Pecka Advertising Competition

VII Photographer Antonin Kratochvil won first prize in the prestigious advertising competition for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra following the theme “Inspiration is Everywhere.” His surreal video spot creatively  in advertising surreal video spot using the rhythm of a ping pong game as an inspiration of music. Congratulations to Antonin Kratochvil, for taking first prize in the Czech advertising competition Zlatá

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ICP Infinity Awards

The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the honorees of the 31st Annual Infinity Awards. Among the recipients is VII Photographer Tomas van Houtryve who will receive the award in the Photojournalism category. In the press release Executive Director Mark Lubell is quoted, “We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 Infinity Awards. We look forward to

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72nd POYi Awards

The winners of the 72nd POYi Awards have been announced, and VII Photo Agency is pleased to share the news that photographers Ed Kashi, Marcus Bleasdale, and Tomas van Houtryve were all recognized in this year’s awards. Ed Kashi was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year highlighting his films “Syria’s Lost Generation”, “Mexico: Needless Suffering at End of Life”, “Under

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World Press Photo Awards 2015

Tomas Van Houtryve was honored with the 3rd prize distinction for his drone photography story, “Blue Sky Days,” in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2015 World Press Photo Awards. “Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the United States looking for

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The VII Evolution Tour – New York

The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program: The VII Evolution Tour. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We welcome attendees with all levels of experience and creative interests. The

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Newest Americans Film on National Geographic

Published today on National Geographic’s PROOF blog, a film produced by Talking Eyes Media in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark and VII Photo Agency, Notes for My Homeland. “Malek Jandali is no ordinary musician. The Syrian-American composer and pianist has performed in leading concert halls around the world and has also written a song so powerful that his parents were beaten

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OSF Documentary Photography Project Grant

Cristóbal Olivares of the VII Mentor Program was named one of the 2014 grantees for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project program. He is pursuing a project that addresses violence against women in Chile. The Documentary Photography Project believes in the power of images to advance social change. Through grants and special initiatives we support photography to engage and

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Syngenta Photography Award Shortlist Announced

A shortlist of six finalists for the Syngenta Photography Award was announced today. The winners will be selected among the finalists of the Professional Commission and Open Competition respectively, in March 2015. Among the six finalists, Stefano De Luigi is included among the photographers up for the $5000 first prize in the Open Competition. The Syngenta Photography Award is an

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Leica Akademie Italy and VII Photo have come together to create new growth opportunities those who wish to pursue photography as a means of personal expression, and who want to achieve a more personal and deeper vision, whether they newcomers or experts, professionals, amateurs and students. The photographers of the prestigious photo agency VII created in 2001 by seven of

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Amnesty International Photojournalism Media Award

On Tuesday November 11, 2014 Amnesty International held their prestigious Media Awards ceremony at the British Film Institute in London. Among the media professional recognized with these honors, Marcus Bleasdale was the 2014 recipient of the award in the photojournalism category. Marcus received the award for his work, “Descent into Hell: Bloodshed in the Central African Republic” that appeared in

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European Workshops Series in partnership Eyes in Progress

In 2015, Ed Kashi, Ron Haviv, Stefano De Luigi and John Stanmeyer will lead photography workshops in 4 different European capitals: Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin, as part of the Eyes in Progress’ workshops program. Aim Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story. To refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems,

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2014 Her World Young Woman Achiever Award

VII is proud to announce that Sim Chi Yin has received the 2014 Her World Young Woman Achiever Award! The Her World Young Woman Achiever award was launched in 1999 and recognizes a young woman who aims higher and reaches further to achieve more. Chi Yin was honored for her achievements in photography and passion for social justice.

VII at Pingyao International Photography Festival

Congratulations to VII’s Ed Kashi, winner of one of the top international photographers awards at the 14th annual Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP). On September 20, VII photographer Sim Chi Yin hosted a “Meet VII” talk at the festival, which included a Q&A, a presentation of VII’s work and a video interview with Ed Kashi. On September 21, Chi Yin

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VII’s Partnership with Blink Announced

Today the partnership between Blink and VII has been announced. Blink is “a real-time location platform for media companies to build and manage a global network of media professionals on location when and where they need them.” At the forefront of innovative networking for media professionals, Blink’s mission is to “revolutionize the way media companies find, manage and hire their teams.”

VII is the first agency to take advantage of Blink’s great new features.

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VII’s New Operations Manager

VII is now pleased to announce that Giana Choroszewski will be taking the reigns as the agency’s Operations Manager.

VII and Reporters Without Borders Launch 100 Photos for Press Freedom

VII is proud to partner with Reporters Without Borders to produce the latest volume of “100 Photos for Press Freedom.” The collection, which will be published May 7, 2014, takes readers from Afghanistan to Russia and North Korea through work by the photographers of VII, and is enhanced with previously unpublished pieces by French writer Philippe Labro, the legendary US

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Five New Photographers Join VII Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, hailing from Chile, India, Iraq, Ukraine, and Vietnam, each will be be mentored by a VII photographer to build and develop necessary skills, expand his or her own professional practice, and help broaden their professional world.