The VII Photo Agency, is an international photographic cooperative, with offices located in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. This collective of 11 photojournalists, was founded in Perpignan, France on September 9, 2001 by Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey, and John Stanmeyer. The original seven founding members were joined by Lauren Greenfield and Christopher Anderson in 2002 (Anderson left to become a nominee with the Magnum photo agency in 2005), Joachim Ladefoged in 2004, Eugene Richards in 2006 (Richards subsequently left in 2008), and Marcus Bleasdale and Franco Pagetti in November 2007. Alexandra Boulat passed away on October 5th, 2007. Frank Evers, co-founder of the New York Photo Festival and the husband of Greenfield, held the position of Managing Director from March 2005 to May 2008. He was replaced by Stephen Mayes in June 2008.
This group of photographers have documented historical events of the 21st Century (9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict). Together with environmental, social and political stories this socially-conscious collective has produced a record of the injustices created and experienced by people across the globe.
This agency is designed from the outset to be an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for its photographers. In addition to representing its photographers for assignment and selling single images/features to magazine clients, VII has also developed an educational series of events designed for student and professional photographers (i.e. VII Seminar and VII Workshop series). In January 2008, VII opened a new retail space in the Dumbo district of NYC, entitled VII DUMBO, dedicated to photojournalism and the works of the VII photographers.
In January 2008, VII also launched the VII NETWORK. The VII NETWORK expands the ideals and journalistic mission of VII Photo to include important photographic work by selected non-members. This new collection of talented photographers permits VII Photo to continue to support its clients throughout the world, in meeting their demand for high-quality, in-depth reportage, contemporary issue-based stories, which provide a critical photographic perspective of the world around us.
The VII NETWORK photographers are:
- Eric Bouvet
- Jessica Dimmock
- Tivadar Domaniczky
- Balazs Gardi
- Benjamin Lowy
- Stephanie Sinclair
- Donald Weber
American Photo Magazine named VII Photo the third most important entity in photography in April 2005.
- Official VII Photo website
- Official VII NETWORK website
- Marcus Bleasdale's website
- Lauren Greenfield's website
- Antonin Kratochvil's website
- Joachim Ladefoged's website
- James Nachtwey's website
- WAR by VII, de.MO (April, 2004), ISBN 0-9705-7689-7
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Forgotten War by VII, de.MO (April, 2006), ISBN 0-9742-8365-7es:Agencia VII