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Arles 2023 : VII : See Through the Noise


Never has photojournalism been so present in Arles in quality events.

See Through the Noise, is the first exhibition presented at the headquarters of the VII Foundation. A collective retrospective of VII photographers, it marks the recent acquisition of VII Photo by the VII Foundation. From the war in Bosnia to the war in Ukraine See Through the Noise, presents some of the most significant events in history witnessed by the photographers of VII. This retrospective speaks out against the artifices generated by technological development and highlights the foundation’s commitment to truth in journalism.

With epic scenes like the Battle of Dyala Bridge in Iraq, and more intimate moments like an American working on his truck, this exhibition covers a wide range of issues that are central to the work of VII’s photographers. VII is synonymous with courageous, hard-hitting and passionate photojournalism, and many of these iconic images have changed public perception and impacted policy. Ali Arkady’s Images of Tortured Civilians Lead to Iraq War Crimes Investigations; a photograph of Ron Haviv was used as evidence by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; and Ziyah Gafic’s images showing personal items of genocide victims are being used as evidence against those responsible for war crimes.

Individually, these images have won some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, published in major media outlets including TIME Magazine, Der Speigel, National Geographic, Le Monde, The New York Times and Paris Match, or have entered the collections of the greatest museums and institutions.

Including photographs, background information and texts, the exhibition is composed of works by Ali Arkady, Anush Babajanyan, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Philip Blenkinsop, Alexandra Boulat, Eric Bouvet, Stefano De Luigi, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ziyah Gafic, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Joachim Ladefoged, Paul Lowe, Christopher Morris, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Franco Pagetti, Espen Rasmussen, Daniel Schwartz, John Stanmeyer, Maggie Steber, Nichole Sobecki, Sara Terry and Tomas Van Houtryve.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on July 5, 2023 at the Alexandra Boulat Campus, headquarters of the VII Foundation.

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