Photo Stories about Small Communities

This series showcases recent work from members of VII Community.

Every few months, VII Insider invites photographers from VII Community to present their stories. In this episode, we look at three photography projects that document life in small communities.

VII Community provides ongoing education and support to a network of VII Academy alumni and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop participants. VII Community is a program of The VII Foundation in partnership with PhotoWings.

We are delighted to be joined by Peruvian photographer Francisco Vigo, who presents his project “Soon the Rain Will Come”, capturing the Porcón community located next to the Yanacocha mine, one of the most important mines in Peru.

Ksenia Ivanova, a Russian photographer currently based in Georgia, discusses her series “Between the Trees”, offering insight into the Russian-occupied breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Bulgarian photographer Mihaela Aroyo showcases “Dreaming in Bulgarian”, giving voice to the Bulgarian diaspora living in the historical region of Bessarabia within Moldova and Ukraine.

The event is moderated by VII contributing photographer Anush Babajanyan.

Video chapters:
00:00 – VII Insider in partnership with PhotoWings
00:43 – Introduction by Anush Babajanyan
02:25 – Presentation by Francisco Vigo 
27:04 – Presentation by Mihaela Aroyo
46:00 – Presentation by Ksenia Ivanova
01:04:48 – Group Q&A
01:16:21 – Closing remarks

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