January 07, 2016

“VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, an education initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be among the brightest new talents in the industry.” From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, VII members voted in  five new mentees.


Photo © Arnau Bach

Arnau Bach of Paris and Barcelona will be mentored by Davide Monteleone. Bach won a fellowship to attend the photojournalism program at Barcelona University and along with other international recognition from grants and awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide.

Norwegian/Algerian photographer and artist Linda Bournane Engelberth will be mentored by Danny Wilcox Frazier. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions world wide and her latest work was selected for the European Photo Exhibition Award. Her current personal project explores her own unknown family history in Algeria.


Photo © Linda Bournane Engelberth

Luisa Dorr of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be mentored by Sarker Protick. A widely published and exhibited photographer, Dorr’s work focuses on the genre of portraiture and seeks to address its contemporary aspects. In 2015, Dorr was named one of PDN’s Emerging Photographers and LensCulture’s Emerging Talent.


Photo © Luisa Dorr

Award winning photographer, Mojgan Ghanbari of Tehran, Iran will be mentored by Jocelyn Bain Hogg. Most of her work is deeply rooted in her personal history and explores the ways she and others interact with, or are affected by society. Her most recent work documents her cultural background and the present problems Iranian people face.


Photo © Mojgan Ghanbari

Documentary photographer, Esa Ylijaasko of Finland/Turkey will be mentored by Maciek Nabrdalik. His work has been exhibited internationally and featured in notable publications like The New York Times. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Ylijaasko is concentrated on a personal, in-depth documentary project on the victims of the Syrian Civil War.

A Paradise Full of Song

Photo © Esa Ylijaasko

Each of these talented photographers will be mentored by a VII photographer for a period of two years to build and develop necessary skills, expand his or her own professional practice and help broaden their professional world, such as building relationships with editors, publishers and galleries. See more of their work and learn about the new VII mentees here.

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