VII Photo Agency
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|Founder||Gary Knight, John Stanmeyer. Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey|
|Products||Photojournalism, photo agency|
VII is an international photo agency wholly owned and governed by its membership.
The agency was originally conceived by Gary Knight and John Stanmeyer. They were subsequently joined by Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, and James Nachtwey and the agency, named after the number of founding members, was launched at the Visa Pour L’Image Festival in Perpignan, France, in September, 2001. VII was conceived to operate as a means of digital image distribution and representation wholly owned and controlled by the photographers it represented in response to large corporations acquiring the small photo agencies present in the industry at the time. Today, VII represents 19 photographers who have chronicled significant global events and topics since the late 1970’s.
VII established its reputation for uncompromising news coverage during the war in Afghanistan that followed 9/11 and during the conflict in Israel/Palestine in 2002 and the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.
The agency has evolved from being principally focused on news for editorial clients, and it has diversified into social media, live events, video, and creative partnerships with NGOs/colleges/universities, exhibitions in leading museums, featured appearances at major art and photo festivals and education.
In addition to the 19 member photographers, a cadre of young photographers are mentored by full members and represented by the agency.
|Jocelyn Bain Hogg||UK||2007–present|
|Alexandra Boulet (Estate||France||2001–2007 Founding Member(Deceased)|
|Sim Chi Yin||China||2014–present|
|Stefano De Luigi||Italy||2007–present|
|Ron Haviv||USA||2001–present Founding Member|
|Gary Knight||USA||2008–present Founding Member|
|Antonin Kratochvil||Czech Republic||2001–present Founding Member|
|Christopher Morris||France||2001–present Founding Member|
|John Stanmeyer||USA||2001–present Founding Member|
|Tomas van Houtryve||2010–present|
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