© Poulomi Basu/VII Mentor Program

© Poulomi Basu/VII Mentor Program

VII Photo announced today that five emerging photographers have been selected to join the photo agency’s mentor program.

This year’s roster of photographers were chosen from 150 applicants. Over the next two years, VII photographers will mentor the five emerging photographers to foster their professional growth. The five are:

Poulomi Basu, based in New Delhi, who will be mentored by Stefano DeLuigi
Maika Elan, based in Hanoi, who will be mentored by John Stanmeyer
Ali Arkady, based in Khanaqin, Iraq, who will be mentored by Ed Kashi
Arthur Bondar, currently based in Moscow, who will be mentored by Donald Weber
Cristobal Olivares, based in Santiago, Chile, who will be mentored by Christopher Morris

These five replace the photographers who will soon complete their two years of mentoring in the program: Gazi Nafis Ahmed, Sim Chi Yin, Laura El-Tantawy, Jost Franko and Amanda Rivkin.

VII launched its mentor program in 2008. Past participants have included Benedicte Kurzen, Peter DiCampo, Erin Trieb, Agnes Dherbeys and Gulio Di Sturco. Anastasia Taylor-Lind, who entered the mentor program in 2009 and is now a full member of VII Photo, provided this fun quote for the VII press release: “When I joined the Mentor Program in 2009 I was working part-time as a chiropractor’s receptionist to fund my documentary projects. I knew how to make pictures then, but not how to be a photographer. My mentor, Ron Haviv, taught me how to find my photographic voice and by the time I left two years later I was a fully fledged full-time photojournalist.”


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