These bedrooms once belonged to men and women who died fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These fallen men and women were blown up by IEDs, RPGs, hand grenades and suicide bombers. They were shot down in ambushes and by snipers. They died in helicopters, in humvees, and in tanks. It all took place thousands of miles away from home, and the country they fought to defend.
Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer and writer living in New York City, widely recognized for his critical eye and unique approaches to social issues. Gilbertson is a member of the VII Photo Agency, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a collaborator with the United Nations. Gilberton’s work from Iraq earned critical acclaim from the Overseas Press Club, which awarded him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his 2004 work in Fallujah. Gilbertson’s first book, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” released in 2007 to critical acclaim, went on to become a bestseller. After Iraq, Gilbertson shifted his focus to veteran issues, drawing attention to post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and traumatic brain injuries. Since 2014, Gilbertson has been examining global migration, with an emphasis on the arrival and integration of refugees in Europe, and the root causes for migration from Africa.
LUXLAB is the bridge that brings photographers across the chasm created by the ever changing photo industry. We print, scan, process and mount digital and analog photographs. The mission of LUXLAB is to serve the photographic arts community with astounding technology built on the tradition of hand-made, high quality printing and processing.
VII is a storied photo agency, founded a few days before 9/11 to challenge the convergence in the photography business, when the trend for giant companies swallowing smaller independent agencies started. VII went small and photographer-owned, believing in the power and energy of collective effort, when everyone else seemed to be going big and corporate.
VII remains a disruptive and innovative business, unafraid to swim against the prevailing currents. VII has turned its gaze far from the frontline of its foundation. It has earned a reputation for uncompromising photography immersed in the great issues of today. VII photographers and filmmakers are as likely to be found focusing on race, gender, and identity, as they are on migration or conflict.
Amplifying local voices and addressing the complex political, environmental, and social questions facing families everywhere, VII places great value in the power of images to tell important stories. The members of VII are motivated by issues, and are proud to elevate those issues above the cult of the image, or the cult of the photographer.