VII was created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists and by 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s “100 Most Important People in Photography.” VII now represents 18 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history.


Renowned for the quality of its photography, the group’s collective archive of over 100,000 images is an iconic summary of the defining landmarks of the late Twentieth Century and it continues to grow as the new Millennium develops. The collection has been built in collaboration with the world’s leading magazines and as such it defines the visual memory of our times. Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO Germany, Paris Match, Le Monde and others have helped to introduce these images to the world.

VII’s cultural position has been cemented by its many exhibitions in leading museums, including the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art and the Louvre, and featured appearances at major art/photo festivals including Les Rencontres D’Arles, PhotoEspaña and Visa pour l’image.

More than 70 books have been dedicated to the work of VII photographers; VII’s work has also been the subject of broadcast documentaries in USA, Europe, Japan and elsewhere.

Current members are 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, Franco Pagetti, Sarker Protick, John Stanmeyer, Tomas van Houtryve, Danny Wilcox Frazier and the estate of Alexandra Boulat.

Current members of the VII Mentor Program include: Ali Arkady (Iraq), Arnau Bach (Spain), Poulomi Basu (India), Arthur Bondar (Ukraine), Linda Bournane Engelberth (Norway), Luisa Dörr (Brazil), Maika Elan (Vietnam), Mojgan Ghanbari (Iran), Cristóbal Olivares (Chile) and Esa Ylijaasko (Turkey).

See more works of VII members here


SMILE | An anthology

February 4 TO March 4
Smile explores how a seemingly simple action manifests in our world; from the most depressing, violent, dysfunctional and poverty stricken conditions to the warmth and security of joy, affection, love and home. And between those two worlds – of fear and contentment – is the smile we give to the cameras of expression. The Smile exhibition presents over 40 images by 19 photographers, members of the world renowned VII Photo agency.