Ilvy Njiokiktjien has been a contributing photographer of VII Photo since 2017. VII Photo was founded in September 2001 by seven independent photojournalists. It became synonymous with courageous and impactful journalism during the aftermath of 9/11 and the chaos that followed as the narrative of a new century was being written. In spring 2023, The VII Foundation acquired VII Photo, and it ceased to be a photographer-owned agency and became part of the foundation’s non-profit ecosystem.
The VII Foundation’s mission is to transform visual journalism by empowering new voices and creating stories that advocate change. In a world where beliefs and actions are increasingly out-of-sync with facts and realities, transforming visual journalism is an urgent task.
With an emphasis on changing policy and educating youth, our high-profile projects narrate lived experiences, document complex problems, and seek sustainable solutions. Education is at the heart of our mission. The VII Foundation is the first and only media organization dedicated to providing long-term, tuition-free media education for the Majority World and underrepresented communities. We focus on these regions because they are where media training is underfunded or nonexistent.
VII Photo contributing photographers work on communications strategies with our partner organizations and report on some of humanity’s most intractable issues. The VII Foundation has long-term agreements with UNICEF and The Global Fund and has been granted United Nations ECOSOC Special Consultative Status. Using still and time-based visual media, VII photographers work on assignments for our partners which are integrated into powerful communications strategies. As an integral part of The VII Foundation, VII Photo has a substantial cultural program which curates and exhibits worldwide photography exhibitions and conducts creative photography, editing, and writing workshops open to all.