VII Weekly | June 1, 2018

As I lie awake in the night, the intense warmth keeps me away from much needed sleep. My nightgown sticks to my body, my breath is slow, I run a hand along the wall and its deep crevices, all that should be familiar is unknown. I try to imagine my grandmother running her hands against these walls, these details she knew so well, perhaps she made these markings herself, one day when she was young and in love and pushed the bed against the doorway so no one could enter. I am trying to live another woman's life, smell the scents she smelled, imagine that the etchings in the wall represent my own life lived. But they are not. No matter how much I pretend that this is my life, this is my life, this is my is not

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Wind, Sand & Stars by Linda Bournane Engelberth

I am a Norwegian/Algerian artist raised in Norway by my Norwegian mother, never knowing my Algerian father and his family. I have always been curious about my other country of origin. As a teenager, I finally made contact with my father, and more recently, my wider family in Algeria. When my Berber grandmother turned 100, she wrote me a letter so that I wouldn’t forget about my father’s homeland. This project is an attempt to research my own identity as a Western woman investigating this foreignness that makes up half of my bloodline.


In Tomas Van Houtryve’s latest project, featured this week on TIME, he used his drone to capture life along the U.S.-Mexico border, the world’s busiest international crossing.

VII Mentor Program photographer Fabiola Ferrero was named a 2018 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow.

Master of Photography, the international photography contest by Sky Arts, returned with a brand new season. The first episode featured VII’s Franco Pagetti as a guest photographer. Stay tuned this season for more guest appearances by VII photographers.

VII Agency will be honored by the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) at its 2018 Spring Photography Auction and Party on June 5, at Aperture Gallery, 47 West 27th Street in New York City.

Nichole Sobecki received the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the New Media category for her work on the Foreign Policy series “Europe Slams Its Gates.”

The Open Call for the VII Masterclass in Warsaw will be accepting applications now through June 14, 2018.

Get a 10% discount on “VII Summer School of Storytelling” in Bosnia and “Outside Lies Magic” in San Francisco with this code: SummerVII10

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