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Why is Eugene Richards' name missing from the list of VII photographers?

I noticed that Eugene Richards’ name is missing from the list of VII photographers on their website. Anyone know a reason for this? Has he left VII?

by Mikko Takkunen at 2008-02-22 16:14:04 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Swansea , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

yup, as well as two or three others, there was a post about this a while back but the jist was that they all felt that they were bringing in stories and being proactive but that VII was not paying what they should or giving them the assignments they should.

by Riaz Mesbah | 22 Feb 2008 19:02 | Bowling Green, KY, United States | | Report spam→
I don’t see any other names missing from the list.

by Mikko Takkunen | 22 Feb 2008 20:02 | Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
for a about two weeks there where two other guys as well, one might have been ed kashi but I don’t remember. this happened about 3 weeks ago maybe more.

by Riaz Mesbah | 22 Feb 2008 21:02 | Bowling Green, KY, United States | | Report spam→
you two aren’t making any sense.

by Mikko Takkunen | 22 Feb 2008 22:02 | Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
VII unfortunately has been in a downward spiral for a while. The more established, older photographers are semi-retired and living on past laurels from wars gone by. Don’t misread this as they’ve done fantastic work- it’s just that they’re more likely to do vanity pieces these days than head back to a war. Retirement is well deserved. Now the agency is dependent on less established photographers to go to Iraq and elsewhere. The agency lives on a reputation from five years ago.

by Dan Kennefick | 23 Feb 2008 02:02 | North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
VII remains a formidable force in photojournalism. Any notion that it is a has-been institution is flat wrong. All the photographers they have are powerful and many rely on assignments that cover a wide range. The recent piece by James Nachtwey in the National Geographic about Iraq war rehab, for example, was hardly a “vanity” piece.

I have no idea why Eugene Richards no longer is in the group. I do seem to recall that he once was in Magnum, then pulled out. So he may just have a difficult time with organizations, as do many highly talented creative artists. But I am not going to speculate further.

by [former member] | 23 Feb 2008 03:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Maybe if the company had been formed back in the early 1990s it would have been considered a formidable force during that period. Again, they did some good work back in the day- and up until around 2003- but if you look at the photographers who are out there doing serious work in major publications right now, you’ll realize none of them are with VII.

by Dan Kennefick | 25 Feb 2008 01:02 (ed. Feb 25 2008) | North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
except Chris Morris – I cover DC politics quite a bit, and his work is brilliant.

by Brendan Hoffman | 25 Feb 2008 03:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Just want to second what Neal has said above.

by Mark Manley | 25 Feb 2008 04:02 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Dan,

Your comments hardly warrant a reply, but here we go:

VII photographers not doing serious work for major publications? What are you reading?
If National Geographic, TIME, NYT, et cetera are not major publications, I don’t know what are. And if Nachtwey’s and Richards’ photos of US soldiers wounded in Iraq, or Ladefoged’s images of Iraqi refugees in Syria, Knight’s photos from Darfur (the list could go on and on), are not serious work, I do not know what is.

No to mention Lauren Greenfield, probably the most successful of them of all, albeit working on slightly different kind of subjects from the rest of them. Would you say documenting topics such as eating disorders (See: ‘Thin’) is not serious enough endevour?

by Mikko Takkunen | 25 Feb 2008 10:02 (ed. Feb 25 2008) | Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
See weather report… Feb 22 by David Alan Harvey.

http://davidalanharvey.typepad.com/road_trip/

could explain some coming problems.

Yes Eugene Richards was a Magnum member.

by Daniel Legendre | 25 Feb 2008 17:02 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
VII unfortunately has been in a downward spiral for a while. The more established, older photographers are semi-retired and living on past laurels from wars gone by. Now the agency is dependent on less established photographers to go to Iraq and elsewhere. The agency lives on a reputation from five years ago.

Dan

While I don’t really agree with your assessment of present day Vll your post did get me thinking about the sustainability of any number of
the current crop of ‘commando’ style,self-contained small agencies that only represent,or distribute, a handfull of photographers.

Generically,many seem to focus their attention on only a handful of topics (at least,only a handful that the typical mainstream media would be
interested in) and I wonder if their archives offer enough diversity of content to afford them any reasonable expectation of financial security.
By incorporating Network photographers,I get the impression that Vll is making a move to broadening their depth

It would be interesting to hear from some who have closer ties with individual photographers involved in such endeavors to find out if they
regard the future,in a small collective, as rosy or bleak,from a business perspective

by [former member] | 26 Feb 2008 23:02 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Dan K – you said if you look at the photographers who are out there doing serious work in major publications right now, you’ll realize none of them are with VII.


‘Keeping this on a positive note – what agency or agencies are on an upward spiral? Which agency/agencies represent this serious work to which you’re referring?

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 27 Feb 2008 02:02 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→

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Mikko Takkunen, photo editor Mikko Takkunen
photo editor
London , United Kingdom ( LGW )
Riaz Mesbah, Overworked Student Riaz Mesbah
Overworked Student
(bon vivant)
Bowling Green, Ky , United States
Dan Kennefick, Dan Kennefick
North Carolina , United States
Brendan Hoffman, photographer Brendan Hoffman
photographer
(Prime)
New York, Ny , United States
Mark Manley, Photographer Mark Manley
Photographer
New York City , United States
Daniel Legendre, Photographer Daniel Legendre
Photographer
Paris , France
John Robert Fulton Jr., Photographs John Robert Fulton Jr.
Photographs
Spring Lake, Michigan , United States


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