Celebrating the first collective exhibition by VII photographers in Arles: See Through the Noise

Maciek Nabrdalik/ VII. Refugees from Syria rest on the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos on September 24, 2015. Thousands of refugees cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey in rubber boats everyday fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The VII Foundation invites you to the exhibition of See Through the Noise, the first collective exhibition by VII photographers in The VII Foundation’s headquarters in Arles, and a celebration of the recent acquisition of VII Photo by the VII Foundation.

See Through the Noise presents some of the most significant events and issues witnessed by the photographers of VII, from the war in Bosnia to the war in Ukraine. This retrospective eschews the new age of machine-driven artifice and emphasizes the Foundation’s commitment to truth in journalism.

Including epic scenes like the battle for Dyala Bridge in Iraq, and intimate moments like an American man working on his truck, this collection represents the broad range of issues that concern the VII photographers.

VII is a name synonymous with courageous, impactful, and impassioned photojournalism and many of these photographs have changed public perception and policy. Ali Arkady’s images of tortured civilians led to investigations into war crimes in Iraq; a photograph by Ron Haviv was used as court evidence in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; and; Ziyah Gafic’s images of the personal items of genocide victims are used to hold those guilty of war crimes accountable.

Individually, the images have been recognized by some of the industry’s most coveted awards. Initially produced for the pages of leading media, including TIME MagazineDer Speigel, National GeographicLe MondeThe New York Times, and Paris Match, many of the photographs are signature representations of historical events and have been collected by museums and institutions worldwide.

Encompassing photography, contextual information, and critical review, the exhibition is composed of work by Ali Arkady, Anush Babajanyan, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Philip Blenkinsop, Alexandra Boulat, Eric Bouvet, Stefano De Luigi, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ziyah Gafic, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Joachim Ladefoged, Paul Lowe, Christopher Morris, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Franco Pagetti, Espen Rasmussen, Daniel Schwartz, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Nichole Sobecki, Sara Terry, and Tomas Van Houtryve.

On display at The Alexandra Boulat Campus, The VII Foundation’s headquarters in Europe until January 2024.

Opening Times

Aug 16—Sept 2, 2023  Weds-Sat 11 am – 5 pm 

Sept 4—Nov 5, 2023 Weds 11 am – 5 pm and every first weekend of the month, 11 am – 6 pm

Nov 6—Jan 31, 2024  Weds 11 am – 5 pm 


The Alexandra Boulat Campus

The VII Foundation/ VII Academy

49 Quai de la Roquette, 13200 Arles, France


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