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In light of the recent story in the Columbia Journalism Review about sexual harassment in the photojournalism industry, we want to reiterate that the photographers of VII are committed to maintaining a safe, creative and inclusive environment, free of harassment and intimidation. We are unable to comment on individual allegations while we examine them, but the circumstances surrounding the allegation of physical molestation made in the article against founding member Antonin Kratochvil were shocking to us. 

We learned this new information when CJR’s reporter approached us, and in response, VII immediately suspended founding member Antonin Kratochvil and initiated an investigation. These actions and a statement were made public in the CJR article published several days later. Additionally, we will conduct an internal review of the agency with an independent review board comprising experts from media, human rights and government, among others.

We have long recognized that there are too few opportunities in the industry for non-male, non-Western and non-white voices. For the last two decades a number of our members have been at the forefront of initiatives, both inside and outside the agency, that challenge that lack of diversity. Last autumn, we set ourselves the task of adding important new voices to VII that better represent the world that we live in.

The photographers we invited into membership are men and women who are inspirational leaders in our industry. We have grown, but remain a small agency made up of men and women dispersed all over the world who meet once for three days every year with the same vision in mind. 

In 2017 we implemented into our education initiatives a new code of ethics in line with United States higher education standards. Every mentor and educator at VII is obliged and has committed to working in accordance with the new code of ethics, setting a rigorous standard for ethical behavior in the industry. 

Also in 2017, in response to charges of harassment against photo editors, we created an internal female-led reporting structure that can be used to report inappropriate behavior inside and outside the agency.

VII began 17 years ago as a small collective of seven photojournalists who envisioned a new model of agency: collaborative, innovative, empowering, mutually supportive and dedicated to fighting injustice. In that same spirit, in the summer of 2017, we turned the lens on ourselves and began to make long overdue and significant structural changes within the agency, which we made public in February of 2018. This has been an ongoing process, and we regard the changes already made as just the beginning. 

Our aim at VII is to continue to work towards building an agency that operates with total equality and inclusivity among our ranks.

Ed Kashi on “A Small Voice” Podcast

Ed Kashi is featured on the newest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, Ed speaks about being all about the issues, dealing with an emotional fallout, and hitting a wall in Peru.

“…I’m asking people who are sick to let me into their lives. Like, what an a**hole if I do that and then I’m not 100% there! Because on some level those people don’t need another person with a camera. So I’d better have a damned good reason to be getting into their lives and then I need to treat that with dignity and respect and the sort of preciousness of this opportunity that they’re giving me. And if I’m not at 100%, there’s something not good about that.”

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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

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