The Critical Role of a Photo Agency in the Professional Life of a Contemporary Photographer

Virtual event


February 11, 2021
10:00–11:15AM EST

© Jerome Delay/AP. The launch of VII Photo Agency at Visa pour l'image Festival in Perpignan, France on September 6, 2001.

How do agencies enhance your place in the market?

Marcel Saba of Redux in conversation with Ron Haviv and Maggie Steber

Long before co-founding the VII agency, Ron Haviv was a freelance photographer working for a small independent photo agency in New York called Saba. It was during this pre-digital age that Haviv did some of his best and most impactful work. Often the first person to see what was on that film was his agent Marcel Saba. Today Ron is still photographing, and Marcel Saba is still selling his images, this time through the agency Redux. With veteran photographer Maggie Steber, who has worked with some of the most legendary agents in the last 30 years, including Saba, Marcel and Ron discuss what makes for a great agent/photographer relationship and how the business functions.

Maggie Steber

, Miami
Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer specializing in humanistic stories, has worked in 67 countries. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. Steber has worked in Haiti for three decades. Aperture published her monograph, “Dancing on Fire.”

Ron Haviv

, New York

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the VII Agency, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek.

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