VII Photo Agency
March 15 – May 5, 2012
Opening reception March 15, 2012 6 - 8 pm
Gallery talk Stephen Mayes April 26, 7 PM
VII Photo Agency represents the world’s eminent photojournalists responsible for documenting global events with a focus on human rights. The Griffin Museum of Photography by Digital Silver Imaging Gallery is thrilled to exhibit 100 images by nineteen of these dynamic, innovative and greatly respected image makers opening on March 15th, 2012 from 6 – 8 PM. Gallery talk with Stephen Mayes, CEO of VII Photo Agency, April 26 at 7 pm.
Themselves an international group, their color and B&W fiber prints are taken in Ethiopia, Istanbul, Poland, Burma, Afghanistan and Ukraine with intimate views of Oslo, New Delhi, and Dar es Saleem. Known for conflict photography, several of these photographers have been embedded with the military and/or chronicled the chaos of the streets as the populace is in the throes of unrest or famine.
Images included in this show are sometimes anecdotes to this extremely intense work. Captured with smart phones are intimate familial moments, playful human gestures and birds-eye views of urban and earthly landscape. Several photos are bold, graphic, bursts of color and energy while others are ephemeral, meditative and painterly.
Utilizing a reflexive instrument which captures and transmits an image in seconds in the hands of these highly trained and skilled masters yields amazing results. There is an irony in the freedom found by the restriction of choice – one touch snaps the shot on an iPhone. The Hipstamatic application allows the layering of filters to add subtle effects to tone and focus.
VII photographers continue to experiment and explore storytelling with whatever means technology affords. Join us at our gallery talk with VII CEO Stephen Mayes, along with several of the exhibition photographers including Gary Knight, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi and John Stanmeyer as we discuss the evolving relationship between art and technology.