7 with VII: Fake News

Photographers Babajanyan, Bach, Gilbertson, Kashi, Njiokiktjien, Sobecki and Stanmeyer on fake news’ effects on photojournalism

We asked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers to submit questions about fake news as it relates to photojournalism for the next installment of 7 with VII where VII photographers answer your seven questions. Read on for the answers from VII members Anush Babajanyan, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Arnau Bach.

Honoring the creation of VII Photo Agency – The Eye of Photography

Perpignan, Visa pour l’image festival, September 8, 2001. For a few years, a certain gloom reigns over the world of photojournalism, in seemingly continuous decline. Then, however, a group of seven photojournalists– Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey, and John Stanmeyer– announced the formation of VII, a traditional photo agency based on the global Web.

Building Bridges Between Turkey and Armenia

More than a century after the Armenian genocide, Armenian and Turkish photographers are building bridges by making pictures of daily life to underscore what they have in common.

John Stanmeyer crouched under a rock on the border between Armenia and Turkey to avoid a rainstorm in April 2015. From his vantage point, he could make out the remains of a decaying, centuries-old bridge that once linked the two countries.

John Stanmeyer: Witnessing a Desperate Exodus from Syria

National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer recently witnessed the exodus of more than 100,000 Kurds from Syria as they fled from ISIS into neighboring Turkey. This is his first-person account of the momentous scene that took place at the border in mi

National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer recently witnessed the exodus of more than 100,000 Kurds from Syria as they fled from ISIS into neighboring Turkey. This is his first-person account of the momentous scene that took place at the border in mid-September.

Thoughts on John Stanmeyer's 2014 World Press Winning Photo - Reading The Pictures

In a day and age where specific conflicts, atrocities and human rights abuses beg for poignancy and advocacy, feting Stanmeyer's photo can either be seen as the loss of an opportunity, or else an incredibly daring choice inviting multiple conversations ab

I have to admit, it’s painful to me that World Press Photo, with its history and credibility and visibility, doesn’t use its platform to make a ethical and moral statement with its photo of the year. With all the intractable crises in the world and the growing role and visibility of news photography (the contest is about news and journalism, after all, no?), I have to take a deep swallow in reminding myself that World Press is not the Nobel.

The World's Best (Unaltered) Photos

World Press Photo announced the winners of its 2013 contest while its judges lamented the proliferation of digital alterations, which disqualified several top contenders.

The announcement of Mr. Stanmeyer’s win was overshadowed by the disclosure that more than nine percent of the finalists’ images were disqualified because of removing information in post-processing

John Stanmeyer Wins 2013 World Press Photo of the Year | PDNPulse

American photographer John Stanmeyer won the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year for an image depicting African migrants standing on the beach in Djibouti, holding mobile phones aloft in an effort to get an inexpensive wireless signal from neighboring Soma

The Olympics sparked a deep examination by U.S. media of Russia’s policies and politics, so it’s eye-opening to see how the country’s own media operates. Photographer M. Scott Brauer spent a month painstakingly documenting Russia’s journalism industry and found that, visually, at least, it is indistinguishable from media in the U.S.

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“What’s it like photographing a National Geographic story?” It’s a question frequently asked and to be honest, a rather intriguing one because a National Geographic story — the process from beginning to conclusion — is not always what we might think. For one thing, I tend to get very wet and ruin equipment.

Meditation On The Death Of A Hero

As we walked the streets, I noticed a certain type of photographer that stood in contrast to the sophisticated, mature practioners like Tim or our other luncheon mates, John Stanmeyer, Ami Vitale, David Strick, Jack Picone and others. It seemed to me this group was like a pack of roving jackals. There was a certain aggressive energy, wildness and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. This subset of photographers spoke about wanting to change the world, but their words sounded somewhat disingenuous. They wanted the thrill of danger, the clarity that comes when Life faces Death; the hunt, the kill. Their giant cameras slung around their necks while strolling around the peaceful streets of this French city were like bazookas, and shooting was an act of aggression for them.

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John Stanmeyer lived with his family among the spirits and people in Bali for five years. In looking at his Bali photographs you know that he was touched by the spirits and that he touched them as well.

Amazon Ablaze – John Stanmeyer, VII

The Amazon Rainforest located in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil is ablaze like never before. The surge in burning can be attributed to the extreme rise in commodity prices. As demand for more food grain is needed, farmers are pushed to dramatically increase soybean and corn production, removing massive tracks of pristine forest in their wake.

High Balinese Ritual, Low Holga Technology

John Stanmeyer found the simplicity of the Holga an ideal way to capture the complexity of Balinese spiritual life.

John Stanmeyer is one of the founding members of the photo cooperative VII and his work appears regularly in the National Geographic and Time. He has won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award and honors from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. James Estrin spoke with him about his new book, “Island of the Spirits,” while Mr. Stanmeyer was at home in the Berkshires making five-foot-long prints for an exhibit opening on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the VII Gallery, 28 Jay Street, Brooklyn.

Amazon Ablaze – John Stanmeyer – VII Magazine

The Amazon Rainforest located in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil is ablaze like never before. The surge in burning can be attributed to the extreme rise in commodity prices. As demand for more food grain is needed, farmers are pushed to dramatically increase soybean and corn production, removing massive tracks of pristine forest in their wake.

The Travel Photographer: John Stanmeyer: Malaria: NG Award

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The photojournalism award, which honors John Stanmeyer’s photographs in the “Bedlam in the Blood: Malaria also names Senior Editor David Griffin, Deputy Director Susan A. Smith, Design Director David C. Whitmore and Senior Photo Editor Sarah Leen. The article ran in the July 2007 NGM.

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The Web This Morning

Photo:

Burma nights, Rangoon Lights, photos by John Stanmeyer

Still photographer on the set of Munich

Inside the walls with Mara Salvatrucha, Luis Sinco

Nancy Kaszerman on shooting The Red Carpet

Alec Soth’s Niagara (different than previous mention)

Other:

Former Green Beret blogging from Iraq…

…His blog (by the way, the Pulitzer is only award to work appearing in a US newspaper)

People who cut themselves will now be given clean blades in UK

Gay Witchhunt in Cameroon

Four now dead protesting cartoons

Latest edition of the North Star Chronicles, polygamist newsletter from Canada (PDF)

MP3’s of the People’s Temple Choir, now you can listen to the sounds of Jonestown

Alternative considerations of Jonestown, People’s Temple

NYT:

Company, by  Max Barry

Travel story on Sarajevo

Al Qaeda’s Jamal Ahmed al-Badawi escapes Yemeni jail in 460 foot tunnel

Ethnic fracturing in Iraq