“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 7: American Hope, American Fears, which includes an essay by Alexis Okeowo as well as photo stories by VII members Ed Kashi, Christopher Morris, Maggie Steber, and Danny Wilcox Frazier, VII Mentor Program photographers Nolan Ryan Trowe and Christopher Lee, and guest photographer André Chung. We welcomed Dudley M. Brooks as photo editor for this final chapter.

© Christopher Lee / VII Mentor Program.

Essay by Alexis Okeowo

The purgatory Americans have…


“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 6: American Imperium which includes essays by Suzy Hansen, Anthony Loyd, and Jill Filipovic as well as photo stories by Hector Guerrero, Stefano De Luigi, Nichole Sobecki, Valentina Sinis, Leonardo Carrato, Forough Alaei, and two essays curated for this chapter from the VII archive.

© Hector Guerrero / VII Mentor Program.

Introduction essay by Suzy Hansen

In May of 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent his vice president, Richard Nixon, to visit…


For this chapter of America, Again, we invited photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden as guest curator, essayist, and photo editor.

© Joshua Rashaad McFadden. A woman in Atlanta takes part in a “die-in” protest.

What to the oppressed is the American dream? A modern-day query echoing the words of the magnificent Frederick Douglass in 1852 suggests a centuries-long truth of America that has not yet changed, and that the American dream never existed for the marginalized, especially Black Americans.

The following photo essays will explore these truths; it will only begin to examine this country seeking to identify the superficial promises made to its people, the hidden borders and boundaries drawn by the founding fathers…


Line Ørnes Søndergaard / VII Mentor Program.

Not just interrupted. Brought to a standstill. By something that can’t even be seen by the human eye, so tiny it is measured in microns and nanometers — millionths and billionths of inches.

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has wreaked havoc across the globe. As I write this on May 14, 2020, the official number of confirmed cases worldwide has just topped 4.5 million. There have been 303,345 deaths and 1,703,744 million people who have recovered. Economies have been devastated, unemployment levels in the U.S. …


“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 3: American Dreams, which includes an essay by author John Edwin Mason.

This chapter includes six photo stories by VII’s Ed Kashi, Christopher Lee, Maggie Steber, and guest photographers Endia Beal, Zun Lee, and Griselda San Martin.

Passaic, NJ — Mural depicting the 16th-century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Mexican native Juan Diego. Photo by Griselda San Martin.

Introduction by John Edwin Mason, Professor of African History and the History of Photography at the University of Virginia.

O, let America be America again —

The land…


West Des Moines, Nov. 2019.

A photo essay by Danny Wilcox Frazier/ VII

On February 3, Iowans once again become the first in the nation to cast their votes in the presidential primaries. The state’s legendary caucuses are deemed so important in sorting out frontrunners that candidates spend months in the state — often becoming so ubiquitous and meeting citizens in such small groups that Iowans joke that by the time the caucus rolls around, they expect to see candidates bagging their groceries or delivering their mail. Every four years, party activists and political pundits also question the disproportionate influence that Iowa voters have on…


“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 2: The Environment, which includes an essay by author Simon Winchester, reflecting on some of the global and political complexities of environmental issues and America’s role in it all.

This chapter includes five photo stories by Zackary Canepari, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Espen Rasmussen, John Stanmeyer, and Sara Terry.

For the Love of Trees by John Stanmeyer


Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII

Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — we at VII Photo are launching the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”

Introduction by VII Emeritus Member Sara Terry

Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — we at VII Photo are launching the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”

Every election cycle is an opportunity to re-visit America, to consider again what defines us and what we aspire to, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go in achieving “liberty and justice for all.”

We believe this election cycle, more than any in recent memory, finds…


In collaboration with National Geographic, on September 20, 2019, VII photographers documented Climate Strike protests throughout the world.


© Ed Kashi / VII

This Labor Day, VII has put together a group project consisting of an essay by Shana Russell with photo stories from VII’s Sara Terry, Ed Kashi, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Maggie Steber, John Stanmeyer, and Christopher Lee and Nolan Ryan Trowe of the VII Mentor Program, about automation, domestic workers, bicycle messengers, the shuttering of factories, and more.

The origin story of Labor Day begins in 1882 with a one-day strike among American workers in New York City. They marched, 10,000 strong, while carrying signs and the tools of their trades in the name of unity. The strike ended with a…

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