Join The VII Foundation in Arles from June 29th to July 7th for a unique lineup of events during the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival.

MONUMENTAL: The Dome of the Rock by Ziyah Gafić and Notre-Dame de Paris by Tomas van Houtryve fosters discussions on faith, national identity, power politics, social cohesion, colonization, division, and political violence through the symbolism of two monumental religious buildings: The Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, and Notre-Dame de Paris.

July 01 - SEPT 29



VII Photo contributing photographers Philip Blenkinsop, Eric Bouvet, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Daniel Schwartz, and Danny Wilcox Frazier will run a series of three-day and half-day workshops at The VII Foundation’s Alexandra Boulat Campus in the heart of Arles. All workshops include a private group session with James Nachtwey.

June 29 - July 02

Summer Workshops


Join us in Arles for a rare rendezvous with James Nachtwey, one of the most celebrated photojournalists of our time. During this open conversation and Q&A, James will showcase a collection of seminal photographs from his illustrious career. He will discuss his approach to assignments, using a well-known body of work as a case study, and answer your questions. 

July 01, 18:00

James Nachtwey Talk


Square Mile, an initiative by VII Community in partnership with PhotoWings, inspires conversations on local stories. A screening of VII Community members’ work will be followed by a discussion with the project’s curators, Ron Haviv (The VII Foundation Director), Suzie Katz (PhotoWings Founder and President), along with featured alumni photographers Mihaela Aroyo and Mahdi Barchian.

July 02, 15:00



A young boy walks on the dry bed of Lake Hamun in Takhtak. The lake, once one of the largest in the world, has now completely dried up due to climate change and environmental destruction, forcing people to engage in dryland farming on the fertile lakebed. Aug. 3, 2014, Sistan & Baluchistan Province, Iran. © Mahdi Barchian.

The production of synthetic media by AI models is rapidly and radically transforming the visual landscape. What can independent practitioners and media organizations do to ensure authenticated visual content retains a central place in visual journalism?
This event will be streamed online by VII Insider in partnership with PhotoWings. Please RSVP to attend online.  

July 03, 15:00

Artificial Intelligence and the Threat to the Real


IMAGE GENERATED BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Prompt: An award winning documentary photograph of a lone soldier and the victim of a war crime in the style of a VII photographer (created via Midjourney on 6 June 2023). Image created for a discussion on A.I.

Around the world, journalists are being targeted and press freedom is being obstructed. In recent years, in a wide variety of countries and contexts, we have seen an increase in military strikes against journalists, political threats to reporters, and harassment and intimidation of the media.
This event will be streamed online by The VII Foundation. Please RSVP to attend online.  

July 04, 15:00

Journalism at Risk: Threats and Responses


©Photograph by David Turnley

Join VII Photo contributing photographers for book signings on Friday, July 5th, from 9 AM to 1 PM CEST.
From 11 AM to 12 PM, Ed Kashi, Ali Arkady, and Linda Bournane Engelberth will sign and discuss their books Abandoned Moments, Curse of the Black Gold, THREE, L’homme qui en avait trop vu, and Outside the Binary.

July 05, 09:00 - 13:00



A portrait of Cinta from the Netherlands from the book "Outside the Binary." © Linda Bournane Engelberth / VII

Using The VII Foundation exhibition, MONUMENTAL: The Dome of the Rock by Ziyah Gafić and Notre-Dame de Paris by Tomas van Houtryve, as a launch pad, this discussion will feature presentations on photography’s history and politics of representation in France and Israel/Palestine.
This event will be streamed online by VII Insider in partnership with PhotoWings. Please RSVP to attend online.  

July 05, 15:00

Monumental Photography: Investigating Representations of Colonialism and Nationalism


Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, 2022. © Ziyah Gafić / VII / Le Dôme du Rocher, Jérusalem, 2022. © Ziyah Gafić / VII


The VII Foundation
The Alexandra Boulat Campus
49 Quai de la Roquette
13200, Arles, France 

Opening hours:
July 1 — September 29, 2024.
Open every day from 10 AM until 7:30 PM CEST
Please contact [email protected] for private viewing after this date. 

Press Contact:
Mathilde Sandlarz, 2e Bureau
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