VII Photo Agency

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Industry Photography
Founded 2001
Founder Gary Knight, John Stanmeyer. Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey
Headquarters New York
Area served
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[1] 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.

Member list[edit]

Name Based In Member
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
Jessica Dimmock  USA 2007–present
Ashley Gilbertson  USA 2008–present
Ron Haviv  USA 2001–present Founding Member
Ed Kashi  USA 2010–present
Gary Knight  USA 2008–present Founding Member
Antonin Kratochvil  Czech Republic 2001–present Founding Member
Joachim Ladefoged  Denmark 2004–present
Davide Monteleone  Italy 2011–present
Christopher Morris  France 2001–present Founding Member
Maciak Nabrdalik  Poland 2008–present
Franco Pagetti  Italy 2007–present
Stephanie Sinclair  USA 2009–present
John Stanmeyer  USA 2001–present Founding Member
Tomas van Houtryve 2010–present
Donald Weber  USA 2007–present


  1. ^ Nachtwey leaves VII, August 2011, archived from the original on September 11, 2011 

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