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Now a Corbis Contributor!

After a year hiatus from agencies following my departure from VII Photo Agency at the conclusion of my two-year tenure in the VII Mentor Program from 2012-2014 working with Ron Haviv, I am now signed as a Corbis contributor. Corbis Images will license my archive internationally for the next two and a half years. From 2008-2011, I was represented by Polaris Images.

Two Great Exhibits in New York as the 10th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq Approaches

Two great exhibits featuring work by two VII photographers, Franco Pagetti and Gary Knight, are opening in New York City next week. I will be in New York next week and hope to make it to both. Jamie Wellford, formerly of Newsweek, one of my favorite people and finest photo editors helped curate Pagetti’s show at the VII Gallery. Here are the details for both shows: Flashback, Iraq by Franco Pagetti March 12 – April 12, 2013 VII Gallery Brooklyn, NY Photographer Franco Pagetti arrived in Iraq three months before the American bombs fell on March 19, 2003. Photographing under the watchful eye of Saddam’s minders and secret police proved to be easier than what followed. Journalists would soon need the protection of armed men and a chase car and, by 2005, even that become prohibitive. Violence spiraled out of control with daily bombings and kidnapping threats. The only way to cover the story was to be surrounded by even more men with guns, that is, to be embedded with the American military. Amidst these …

2012 A Year of Transition

2012 was luckily not like 2011, a year that goes down with 1789, 1848, 1917, 1989 as a year of revolution.  By contrast, 2012 was a year of transition in most every respect.  Global technologies, movements, ideas, and politics are all in flux; only the economies of the world remain sluggish, with some notable exceptions.  Turkey is one of these exceptions.  By 2023, the centennial of the modern secular Turkish Republic, the currently ruling Justice and Development Party, AK Party according to its Turkish acronym, hopes that Turkey will be counted among the top 10 economies in the world. (A great BBC Global Business report on what could go wrong is well worth a listen.) After finishing my Fulbright grant in Azerbaijan, photographing Azerbaijani Women, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Eurovision Song Contest, I moved to Istanbul in September to freelance here in Turkey and the region. I joined the VII Mentor Program where I am working with Ron Haviv on improving my craft for the duration of two years. In this time, I …

Amateur Photographer (UK) on VII Mentor Program

  Victims of the Ajka alumina sludge spill in Hungary in October 2010 return to the new beginnings homeless shelter. Amateur Photography, “Amanda Rivkin,” feature on VII Mentor, September 8, 2012, p. 29. Bright new talent Amateur Photographer (UK) September 8, 2012 As the VII Photo Agency welcomes four new members to its mentoring programme, Gemma Padley talks to the photographers about their approach and ambitions BEGINNING a career as a fledgling photographer in the somewhat fraught and uncertain world of photojournalism can be a challenging experience, to say the least. With the fast-paced turnaround of news and rapid pace of technological change, not to mention the photographic industry itself being in a constant state of flux, a career as a photojournalist is no bed of roses. Yet despite these challenges, many photographers find the draw of life as a photojournalist irresistible. Four photographers who have chosen to embark on this path are Gazi Nafis Ahmed, Laura El-Tantawy, Jost Franko and Amanda Rivkin. They are the latest recruits to the VII Mentor Program that is …

VII Mentor Program at VII Photo

VII For Immediate Release June 5, 2012 VII Photo announces new additions to the VII Mentor Program VII is pleased to welcome four new photographers to the VII Mentor Program: Gazi Nafis Ahmed (based in Bangladesh), Laura El-Tantawy (based in London and Cairo), Jošt Franko (based in Slovenia) and Amanda Rivkin (based in Azerbaijan). (To download full release click here.) Gazi Nafis Ahmed is a documentary photographer born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He sees Bangladesh as a place with many social, political, economic and environmental challenges, and feels compelled to use photography to document the constant changes and impact the collective state of mind of the people. After graduating from Bangladesh International Tutorial High School in 2003, Ahmed continued his education at the London Guildhall University in Art & Design. He received a B.A. with Honors in 2008 from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, with his final semester conducted abroad at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Ahmed will be mentored by John Stanmeyer. http://www.gazinafis.com — Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between …

Canon/VII Gallery Workshops, Fall 2010

About the VII Gallery Workshops The VII Gallery will be hosting a series of workshops this fall geared toward pro-am and pro photographers as well as videographers. All the workshops are free, thanks to the generous support of Canon USA. Submission Guidelines Fifteen participants will be selected to participate upon a portfolio review. To be considered, please submit a short bio (in the email) and a web link to your portfolio, or no more than 20 low-res images (1024@72 dpi), to: submissions@viiphoto.com, by the deadline provided below. Please include “Workshop Submission” in the subject line and specify which workshop you are applying for. Selected participants must be available for the full two days, from 10am-6pm. The workshops will take place at the VII Gallery at 28 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York (F-York). http://www.viiphoto.com RON HAVIV Photojournalism Today October 25 – 26, 2010 This intense two-day workshop will explore the multi-faceted approaches to photojournalism and help guide participants on their own path. Discussions will include what is required of a photojournalist, not just in the field …