2016 Year in Review, News, Events and Recent Publications
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Dear Friends of VII

December 2016


Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF

VII 2016: Indefinite
Curated by Sarker Protick

"The year 2016 will be remembered by events such as Brexit, Syrian genocide and the continuous unrest in the Middle East, the American election, etc. We have witnessed the passing of great artists and musicians who have shaped the voice of many generations while scientists have declared the age of Anthropocene is now. It will also be remembered as the year when men started driving trucks into crowds.

To many, 2016 has been deemed to be a terrible year. We feel more uncertain than ever of what’s coming.

‘Indefinite’ is a selection of photos by VII photographers that shows a brief projection of what they have witnessed throughout the year. Rather than making a selection of the best photographs of the year, I wanted to create a collective narrative from series of images that evoke the indefinite moment of history that we are experiencing now and how we feel about it." — Sarker Protick



VII Photo Winter Print Collection
VII Winter 2016 Print Collection: Visual Stories for Your Walls

VII announced the launch of a new store, and with it, a diverse and compelling collection of images that spans 30 years, 16 countries, and untold emotions. The entire collection is a special edition with prices starting at $100.

TIME’s photo editors selected 100 of the best images of the year, including two by Christopher Morris.

The second session of VII Masterclass Berlin, led by Stefano De Luigi and fellow masters Jocelyn Bain Hogg and Maciek Nabrdalik, took place during December. Featured speakers during this intense 4-day session included Barbara Stauss (Photo Editor of Mare magazine), Michael Biedowicz, (Photo Editor of Zeit Magazin), Robert King (Creative Director of BILD digital), Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar (Co-Editors in Chief Ahorn Magazine) and Michael Pfister (Photo Editor of Zeit Online). The third and final session of the masterclass will resume in March.

The VERSE newsletter highlighted the Newest Americans’ use of an interactive video platform in "Gateways to Newark.” 

Ed Kashi wrote a blog post about the importance of forging relationships in long-term projects.

VII Mentor Program photographer Luisa Dörr had her portrait of Dilma Rousseff featured in TIME's "Best Portraits of 2016" list.


VII's Jessica Dimmock has directed a new short film for the Shatterbox Anthology. Supported by Sundance, and featured on Refinery29, the anthology commissioned short films from 12 female directors, including Chloe Sevigny, Gabourey Sidibe, and Kristen Stewart. Jessica's new short film, The Convention, is a cinematic and visceral look at the annual Esprit Conference. Now in its 25th year, the Esprit Conference draws transgender women in their 50's, 60's, and 70's together for a week of camaraderie, mutual support, and shared experience. For the attendees, many of whom are not out to their wives, children, places of employment or friends, this week may be the only week of the year that they are able to express their true selves, and as such, it is deeply celebratory in its nature, but also fraught with pain and fear. 



Photo by Ed Kashi of the Dispatches exhibition, on view at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art through February 17, 2017.

Exhibitions & Screenings

with Furkan Temir
Dec. 24, 2016 – Jan. 7, 2017
TOZ Artist Run Space
Istanbul, Turkey

through Dec. 27, 2016
A photo exhibition on sustainable development in partnership with Blue Chip Foundation
with Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight and Danny Wilcox Frazier 
United Nations Visitors Lobby
New York, NY

by Tomas van Houtryve 
through Dec. 31, 2016
Anastasia Photo
New York, NY 

with Ed Kashi
through Jan. 11, 2017
C40 Mayors Summit
Mexico City, Mexico

with Sarker Protick
Feb. 3 - 16, 2017
Chobi Mela
Dhaka, Bangladesh

with VII
through Feb. 19, 2017
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Winston-Salem, NC

with Luisa Dörr
through Feb. 26, 2017
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA

with Luisa Dörr
through March 2017
Centro Cultural Metropolitano
Quito, Ecuador


with Ron Haviv
Feb. 5, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2017
Clarksdale, Mississippi

with Ed Kashi
Feb. 1, 2017 - Feb. 5, 2017
Dallas, United States

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The following VII classes are available:


Christopher Morris / VII for ELLE France

Laetitia Casta: on l’a suivie en mission pour l’Unicef

Christopher Morris / VII for ELLE France

Ashley Gilbertson / VII for The New York Times

Broken Men in Paradise

Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII for The New Republic

The Great Abandonment

Ron Haviv / VII in The New York Times LENS

A Mission to Rescue Forgotten Photos

Ron Haviv / VII in The New York Times LENS

Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF on ABCNews.com

From Fleeing Syria to Building Snowmen:
A Boy and His Family's New Life in Canada

Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF on ABCNews.com

Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII for ESPN The Magazine

Tyronn Lue's All-Important Hometown Connection


Sim Chi Yin spoke to GUP magazine about working under censorship, the joy of starting new photo projects, and how international media have not kept up with the reality of China.

"I actually spend much of my time drinking tea and talking rubbish with people, because I believe that it’s never a good idea to shoot when you first meet. When I get together with some other photographer friends here in China, we sometimes talk about the challenge of having to invest so much time and energy to even begin to get to the point of making pictures. For the long personal projects which require deep intimacy, I’ve learnt that it’s usually only during the second visit or sometimes even third or fourth, when I start taking pictures."


Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Sim Chi Yin

Stefano De Luigi

Jessica Dimmock

Ashley Gilbertson

Ron Haviv

Ed Kashi

Gary Knight

Antonin Kratochvil

Joachim Ladefoged
Christopher Morris

Maciek Nabrdalik

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Franco Pagetti

Sarker Protick

John Stanmeyer

Tomas van Houtryve

The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

VII Mentor Program

Ali Arkady (Iraq), Arnau Bach (France/Spain), Linda Bournane Engelberth (Norway), Luisa Dorr (Brazil), Mojgan Ghanbari (Iran), Furkan Temir (Turkey), Esa Ylijaasko (Finland)
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