VII announces 5 new photographers to join its mentor program

From over 300 applications by photographers working in more than 30 countries, current VII members selected Arnau Bach, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Luisa Dorr, Mojgan Ghanbari and Esa Ylijaasko.

Five existing VII photographers will act as mentors to these photographers, helping them to build and develop important skills, expand their professional practice, and broaden their relationships with the most prominent names working in the industry.

Photo by © Linda Bournane Engelberth


Arnau Back – Paris/Barcelona

Arnau Bach is currently working as a freelance photographer after an extended period covering daily news for Spanish publications. His work has garnered worldwide recognition and he has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant, the Community Awareness Award of the International Picture of the Year (POYI), the Kolga Tbilisi Award and he was also a finalist in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism. Bach’s work has also appeared in such international magazines as The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, El País Semanal, The New York Times, Stern and Internazionale.

Linda Bournane Engelberth – Oslo

Norwegian/Algerian photographer Linda Bournane Engelberth works on series that focus on suburban and rural communities. From 2011 through 2013, Engelberth was chosen to be a part of a Norwegian Journal of Photography program supporting 10 independent documentary photographers. Her work has been shown at the Haus der Photographie der Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

Luisa Dorr – Sao Paulo

Educated at the Lutheran University of Brazil in Canoas, Luisa Dorr investigates issues at the heart of contemporary society. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Brazil, United States, Spain, France, Portugal, England and Russia, and has been published on PDN, Wired, Lens Culture, Feature Shoot, El Pais, Gup Magazine, Fisheye Magazine, Le Figaro, Estadão, Vice, L’oeil de la Photographie, among many others.

Mojgan Ghanbari - Tehran

The photographs of Mojgan Ghanbari are deeply rooted in her personal history. In 2014 she received a Masters with Distinction in photojournalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication, and her work has claimed many awards including the Getty Images grants for editorial photography in 2015, Magnum Photos: Professional Practice in 2015, and the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for the academic study in 2014.

Esa Ylijaasko – Finland/Turkey

Documentary photographer Esa Ylijaasko began his career in the field working for newspapers in Finland and Chile. Esa’s projects have taken him to Russia, Spain, and Turkey, and since 2012, he has been developing a personal project that concentrates on the victims of the Syrian Civil War. His work has been published in The New York Times, Vice Magazine, Diario El Austral, Suomen Kuvalehti, Huvudstadbladed and exhibited widely in Finland and Turkey.

Photo by © Luisa Dorr

Photo by © Mojgan Ghanbari

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