I sent this email to @StephenMayes (CEO of VII) today. No response.
You can help get an answer by tweeting this post. You can also @ in the other photographer/owners of VII photo agency. Then we might be able to find out how many of them, in one way or another, are working for the arms industry.
I am writing an article in relation to VII’s work for the arms industry.
You’ve stated during many interviews (and most recently to my knowledge here) that working for VII ‘Quality journalism, photography and integrity are key’.
Good stuff, but how does that square with working on campaigns for the arms industry? I am aware of least two such companies that a VII photographer (according to the copyright notice) has provided imagery or produced images for.
How is it possible for a photographer to class themselves as a ‘journalist’ covering conflict and at the same time be involved in the sales marketing of bombs?
Article to follow.