Her Take:

(Re)Thinking Masculinity


Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity is an exhibition in seven parts by the Seven of VII, the seven female photographers of VII. Each photographer is undertaking a visual reflection on masculinity — re-framing it, challenging it, referencing it historically, exploring it, considering it in specific cultural contexts and changing social conventions, or coming out from the shadow of it. This exhibition grows from the photographers' participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power and representation, and the platform that gives them to help build a constructive dialogue in the photography world.

Anush Babajanyan, Jessica Dimmock, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry are the Seven of VII, the seven female members of VII Photo Agency. They work in documentary, reportage and fine art, and are based in Armenia, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States. 

Photo by Maggie Steber / VII.

Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity is on view at PHOTOVILLE in Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 13 - 23.

The Projects

My New Himself

Anush Babajanyan

In this series, Anush makes an effort to understand the unexplored reality of being a man, by picturing herself dressed in the outfits of men she knows well.

Outside the Binary

Linda Bournane Engelberth
This project explores the world of people who see themselves as non-binary, and use the pronoun “they.”


Jessica Dimmock

A portrait series that places senior transgender women in the places in which they hid their female identities for decades. The project explores what it takes for this older group of women to leave masculinity behind

To Be Us

Ilvy Njiokiktjien
In this series Ilvy photographs widowers and their children in the hope of shedding light on both the challenges these families face, and also the new bond that forms between the fathers and their children.


Nichole Sobecki
afriMAN is an exploration of evolving understandings of manhood on the African continent, and how traditional expectations are being subverted by individuals.

Men Born From Blossoms

Maggie Steber
From Steber’s Guggenheim work, “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma,” a magical series of portraits of men of varying ages and sexual orientations photographed with flowers.

(Re)Thinking the Male Gaze

Sara Terry
A series of large-scale photographs which re-create famous historical paintings of nude women by men, re-contextualized in light of the current debate on gender and power.

More Information

For more information about this project, please contact:

  • Anush Babajanyan: babajanyan@viiphoto.com
  • Sara Terry: sara@viiphoto.com
  • Nichole Sobecki: sobecki@viiphoto.com

Photoville is located in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, on the corners of Water Street and New Dock Street. It is directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO and bordered by Jane’s Carousel and St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Thank You

The Seven of VII would like to thank these generous donors for making this exhibition possible: The Freedom of Expression Foundation (Norway), Suzie Katz in honor of PhotoWings, VII Foundation, Anonymous Donor, Jean Karotkin, Ed Kashi, Joan Morgenstern, Gay Block, Mindy Grossman, Julie Fajgenbaum, Amy Yenkin, Rachel Cobb and the LA Center for Photography.

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  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Mary Gelman
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Nichole Sobecki


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

Mentor Program

  • Taha Ahmad
  • Forough Alaei
  • Ali Arkady
  • Zinyange Auntony
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Swarat Ghosh
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Fred Ramos
  • Prin Rodriguez
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold
  • Nolan Ryan Trowe