March 24th, 2014

VII Photo Announces 5 New Photographers in its Mentor Program

© 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.”

September 28th, 2011

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.”

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June 14th, 2010

VII Photo Announces New Network and Mentor Program Photographers

VII Photo announced today that several photographers have joined the VII Network and VII Mentor Program.

Afghanistan-based photographer Andrea Bruce, who has worked extensively in Iraq as a staff and contract photographer for The Washington Post, and Paris-based photographer Tomas van Houtryve, who won 2010 Photographer of the Year from POYi, have joined the VII Network. Both are new to VII.

Adam Ferguson, Benedicte Kurzen and Maciek Nabrdalik, who were participating in the VII Mentor Program, are now members of the VII Network.

Tanyth Berkeley, Giovanni Cocco, Peter DiCampo, Ilana Panich-Linsman and Erin Trieb were invited to join the VII Mentor Program, the agency said in a statement.