© Charlie Cordero
© Tako Robakidze
© Leala Faleseuga

Square mile

Square Mile is an initiative by VII Community, a program of The VII Foundation in partnership with PhotoWings. The initiative presents diverse photographic explorations by members of VII Community, a worldwide network of VII Academy alumni, and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop participants.  

“Square mile” is a geographic framework, signifying a local focus on spaces where personal, local, and global influences intersect. The projects presented explore how themes such as climate change, identity, history, legacy, migration, gender, and environment appear within a local perspective.

Square Mile aims to inspire conversations on the significance of local stories in a global context, as well as engage the general public in discussions about social issues and the transformative power of photography.  

This initiative by VII Community, in partnership with PhotoWings, will be an ongoing exploration of global communities by the members of our diverse community of visual practitioners. The first projects are being shown in an exhibition at the Photoville Festival (Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, USA) from June 1 to 16, 2024, and will be screened at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival (Arles, France) as part of The VII Foundation’s events program on July 2, 2024 and at Kranj Foto Fest (Kranj, Slovenia), as part of the festival’s Evening Screenings on August 23, 2024.

Photographers featured at the Photoville Festival

Alejandra Orosco


Charlie Cordero


Daniel Buuma

Democratic Repubic of Congo

Doug Barrett


Fatma Fahmy


Leala Faleseuga

New Zealand

Mahdi Barchian


Natalia Nehuaus


Oleksandr Rupeta


Tako Robakidze


Uma Bista



June 1, 2024

Square Mile: Exhibition, Photoville Festival

July 2, 2024

Square Mile: Screening and Discussion, Les Rencontres d’Arles

August 23, 2024

Square Mile: Screening, Kranj Foto Fest