VII Photo Agency will dissolve the VII Network in October 2011 in order to “enlarge its core membership giving all members equal access to the agency’s services and offering clients full-service support for all photographers on the VII roster,” the agency announced. The decision was made at the agency’s recent general meeting.

The Network photographers—Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Eric Bouvet, Andrea Bruce, Stefano De Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Tivadar Domaniczky, Adam Ferguson, Ziyah Gafic, Ashley Gilbertson, Benedicte Kurzen, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Tomas van Houtryve and Donald Weber—have all been asked to apply for full membership with the agency.

“In the three and a half years since the VII Network was initiated we have been delighted and inspired by the energy and quality of work from our new colleagues,” said Ron Haviv, one of VII’s founders, in a statement. “This year marks the tenth anniversary of VII’s formation and it is a perfect time to fully embrace a new generation of curious and enterprising VII photographers who will help us steer the agency into the future.”

VII also announced two new additions to its Mentor program, which pairs young photojournalists with VII members to help them develop their work and careers. Beijing-based photographer Sim Chi Yin will be mentored by Marcus Bleasdale and Polish photographer Mikolaj Nowacki will work with Antonin Kratochvil.


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