VII is excited to announce the addition of new photographers to its fold. Our newest colleagues continue VII’s desire to represent and amplify diverse opinions, experiences, and voices. They include photographers from Europe, the Middle East, the USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, men and women who are taking their first steps in photography and some with almost four decades of legacy.
The new photographers are:
- Mary Gelman (Russia)
- Taha Ahmad (India)
- Forough Alaei (Iran)
- Zinyange Auntony (Zimbabwe)
- Swarat Ghosh (India)
- Fred Ramos (El Salvador)
- Prin Rodriguez (Peru)
- Nolan Ryan Trowe (USA)
They will join current photographers: Anush Babajanyan, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Philip Blenkinsop, the Estate of Alexandra Boulat, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Zackary Canepari, Stefano De Luigi, Jessica Dimmock, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ziyah Gafic, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Joachim Ladefoged, Paul Lowe, Christopher Morris, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Franco Pagetti, Ruddy Roye, Daniel Schwartz, Nichole Sobecki, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Sara Terry, and Tomas van Houtryve.
The agency is excited to work with these deeply talented and resourceful new members who, at different stages of their careers, bring a multiplicity of skills, diverse voices, and experiences to VII. They have commitment, passion, and momentum and are photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers who can help VII to develop the new channels and initiatives that it sees as essential to the life of a contemporary photo agency.
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.