VII Photo Agency Brings in New Members
Three months after VII Pboto announced a shakeup to its structure, the changes at the photographers’ cooperative have finally played out with the announcement today of its new members. They are Davide Monteleone, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Stefano de Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Tomas Van Houtryve and Donald Weber.
Monteleone is brand new to the agency; Anastasia Taylor-Lind had been a photographer with the VII Mentor Program. The other new members had all been part of the VII Network, which had operated as a kind of farm league within the agency, offering fewer services than members of VII Photo received.
VII announced in June that the VII Network would be dissolved in October, 2011, and invited VII Network members to apply for full membership. The members met last week to select from portfolios submitted.
When the restructuring was announced in June, VII member Ron Haviv said, “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’s other veteran members include Marcus Bleasdale, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, Christopher Morris, Franco Pagetti, Stephanie Sinclair and John Stanmeyer. (James Nachtwey quit the agency earlier this year.)
VII Network photographers who did not apply for full membership or who applied but were not admitted include Andrea Bruce, Eric Bouvet, Benedicte Kurzen, Tivadar Domaniczky and Ziyah Gafic.
The restructuring is intended to put VII on a better financial footing by bringing in active, young members, and will also change photographers’ contract terms. According to a statement from VII, “The simplified structure allows all members equal access to the agency’s services and offers clients full-service support for the photographers on VII’s roster.”