VII Community Presents: Stories about Climate and the Environment

December 19, 2023
10:00–11:15AM EST
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Photo by Irene Barlian

This series showcases recent work from alumni of VII Community. Every few months, we invite alumni of VII Community to present their stories on a particular theme. In this session, we will be looking at stories about climate and the environment.

VII Community, in partnership with PhotoWings, provides a career-enhancing network for VII Academy and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop alumni worldwide.

In this episode, we will be discussing the work of Irene Barlian with her project “Land of the Sea”, Guerchom Ndebo with his project “Our Forests” and Fatma Fahmy with her project “The Lost Lake”.

Photo by Guerchom Ndebo
Photo by Fatma Fahmy


Fatma Fahmy is an independent visual storyteller based in Cairo, Egypt. Her work focuses on environmental concerns and social issues. She is also a contributing photographer to Reuters. Her long-term series ‘The Lost Lake’ received international recognition as one of the top ten finalists for the Everyday Projects Grant as well as being shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in the Environment category.
Guercho Ndebo is a Congolese photographer interested in stories on equality, cultural differences, and solidarity. He is a contributing photographer for Getty Images as well as AFP. His work has been published worldwide, by news organisations such as The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, The Irish Times, and The Globe. Alongside press assignments, Ndebo works on commissioned stories for NGOs and UN agencies.
Irene Barlian is an independent documentary photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her practice focuses on social, environmental, cultural, and women’s stories. Her work has been granted the Objectifs Documentary Award and has been shown internationally. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a member of the Women Photograph collective.

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