VII is a storied photo agency founded a few days before 9/11 to challenge the convergence in the photography business when the trend for giant companies swallowing smaller independent agencies started.
“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. Her achievements have surpassed existing boundaries, inspiring those around her and paving the way for others in the future. She has also demonstrated the potential for attaining a higher level of success in her chosen field.” On October 17, 2014 Her World hosted an ceremonyto honor this year’s winners of the Woman of the Year and Young Woman Achiever awards.
Chi Yin was honored for her achievements in photography and passion for social justice. Her World Plus writes in the award announcement, “What Chi Yin has done with this fascination with the world has been extraordinary, a transmogrification that’s perhaps the ultimate distillation of photography as art: “Today, I am still often awed and excited by what taking a picture really is: capturing that magical instant where time, light and human life intersect.”
“When all is said and done, the Her World Young Woman Achiever award is accorded to women who are go-getters and ahead of the game; whose achievements in their working and public lives have made a mark on society.” Congratulations to Sim Chi Yin!
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 and Jim Dooley of Alexia Foundation gave a floor talk on Ed’s major solo exhibitionat the festival.
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 including:
– Logos and agency names on Blink’s map and profile pages
– Custom Blink maps for websites
“Blink harnesses the power of real-time location updates from top media professionals on the move around the world. These users update their location, send and receive instant messages and connect with colleagues, companies and friends using our mobile app. Our website is a powerful search tool for media companies to build a network and maintain relationships with professionals around the world.”
Want to connect with the VII photographers? Log onto Blink and search VII or check out the Blink map at the bottom of VII’s website.
We hope you will join us in saying congratulations and bid a fond farewell to Amy Connors. After managing VII’s website, archive and sales this past year, Amy moves on to theNew Yorker, where she will be working on digital and special projects production. We are incredibly proud of Amy as she moves forward in her life and career, working with the great team there.
VII is now pleased to announce that Giana Choroszewski will be taking the reins as the agency’s Operations Manager. Giana joins us from SheKnows.com where she worked as the Photo Editor for the past six years. If you have not already been introduced to Giana, please feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have, or any projects that you’d like to discuss, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 investigative reporter Seymour Hersh and the Australian editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, writing from his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. All proceeds from the sales of this book support Reporters Without Borders.