VII Photo Agency
VII (pronounced "seven") is a photo agency representing 30 photojournalists, known for its focus on conflict photography. The collective is owned by ten member photographers and represents an additional thirteen members plus a number of emerging talents in the Mentor Program.
VII derives its name from the number of founding photojournalists who, in September 2001, formed this collectively owned agency. The original seven founding members, Alexandra Boulat (Boulat died on October 5, 2007), Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey (Nachtwey left in 2011) and John Stanmeyer, were joined by Christopher Anderson in 2002 (Anderson left in 2005), Lauren Greenfield in 2002 (Greenfield left in 2009), Joachim Ladefoged in 2004, Eugene Richards in 2006 (Richards subsequently left in 2008), Marcus Bleasdale and Franco Pagetti in 2007, Stephanie Sinclair moved up from the VII Network in 2009, and Ed Kashi joined directly as a full member in 2010.
From its inception until late 2004, the agency was constituted as a British company, VII Photo Agency Limited. The first Managing Editor of the company was Ashley Woods formerly of LookAt Photo Agency based in Zurich who worked from 2001 through until 2003. Woods was replaced by former Magnum employee Jean Bernard Maurel from 2003 to 2005. In early 2005, this British entity was closed down as an operating concern and a new limited liability company was established in the USA, VII Photo Agency LLC. Frank Evers was hired as the Managing Director and served from March 2005 to May 2008. Stephen Mayes was hired as CEO in June 2008.
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