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. VII went small and photographer-owned, believing in the power and energy of collective effort when everyone else seemed to be going big and corporate. VII remains a disruptive and innovative business unafraid to swim against the prevailing currents.
VII has turned its gaze far from the frontline of its foundation. It has earned a reputation for uncompromising photography immersed in the great issues of today. VII photographers and filmmakers are as likely to be found focusing on race, gender, and identity as they are on migration or conflict. Amplifying local voices and addressing the complex political, environmental, and social questions facing families everywhere, VII places great value in the power of images to tell important stories. The members of VII are motivated by issues and are proud to elevate those issues above the cult of the image or the cult of the photographer.
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 Americans is a three-year longitudinal study at Rutgers University—Newark that aims to document the lives and communities of students at the university. It is a collaborative effort involving VII, Talking Eyes Media, Rutger’s Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC) and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.
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!
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 to be a visual storyteller? In an age where the sophisticated manipulation of imagery is easier than ever, and over one billion photos are taken every day, the challenges are many. On the 15th anniversary of VII Photo, agency members take us on a journey where integrity and dedication are their touchstones, and a true connection with the audience their mission.”
Czech Photo Centre
Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 14 – Nov. 30, 2016
(Private opening on Oct. 13, 2016)
In honor of VII’s 15th anniversary, the group projects Questions Without Answers and the SMILE will be exhibited at the Czech Photo Centre from Oct. 14 – Nov. 30, 2016. A private invitation-only opening will be held on Oct. 13, 2016.
PO Box 621
The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.