06 January 2016

VII announces 5 new photographers to join its mentor program

06 January 2016 - Written by Luján Agusti

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 willact as mentors to these photographers, helping them to build anddevelop important skills, expand their professional practice, andbroaden their relationships with the most prominent names working inthe industry.

Photo by © Linda Bournane Engelberth


Arnau Back – Paris/Barcelona

Arnau Bach is currently working as afreelance photographer after an extended period covering daily newsfor Spanish publications. His work has garnered worldwide recognitionand he has been the recipient of numerous accolades including thePierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant, the Community Awareness Award ofthe International Picture of the Year (POYI), the Kolga Tbilisi Awardand he was also a finalist in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and LUMIXFestival for Young Photojournalism. Bach’s work has also appearedin 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 LindaBournane Engelberth works on series that focus on suburban and ruralcommunities. From 2011 through 2013, Engelberth was chosen to be apart of a Norwegian Journal of Photography program supporting 10independent documentary photographers. Her work has been shown at theHaus der Photographie der Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the NobelPeace Center in Oslo.

Luisa Dorr – Sao Paulo

Educated at the Lutheran University ofBrazil in Canoas, Luisa Dorr investigates issues at the heart ofcontemporary society. Her work has been shown in numerous solo andgroup exhibitions in Brazil, United States, Spain, France, Portugal,England and Russia, and has been published on PDN, Wired, LensCulture, Feature Shoot, El Pais, Gup Magazine, Fisheye Magazine, LeFigaro, Estadão, Vice, L’oeil de la Photographie, among manyothers.

Mojgan Ghanbari - Tehran

The photographs of Mojgan Ghanbari aredeeply rooted in her personal history. In 2014 she received a Masterswith Distinction in photojournalism and documentary photography atthe London College of Communication, and her work has claimed manyawards including the Getty Images grants for editorial photography in2015, Magnum Photos: Professional Practice in 2015, and the ViceChancellor’s Scholarship for the academic study in 2014.

Esa Ylijaasko – Finland/Turkey

Documentaryphotographer Esa Ylijaasko began his career in the field working fornewspapers in Finland and Chile. Esa’s projects have taken him toRussia, Spain, and Turkey, and since 2012, he has been developing apersonal project that concentrates on the victims of the Syrian CivilWar. His work has been published in The New York Times, ViceMagazine, Diario El Austral, Suomen Kuvalehti, Huvudstadbladed andexhibited widely in Finland and Turkey.

Photo by © Luisa Dorr

Photo by © Mojgan Ghanbari

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Luján Agusti

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