From the world-renowned agency VII Photo comes a major contribution to pop culture.
Smile brings together images of people smiling – often a taboo expression in photojournalism—into a collection of 300 powerful images gathered during the most important historical events that have shaped the past thirty years.
This anthology explores how a seemingly simple action—a smile—manifests in our world; from the most depressing, violent, dysfunctional and poverty stricken conditions to the warmth and security of joy, affection, love and home. A smile can mean many things, and the purpose of this work is to fill a major hole in our visual understanding of the world around us.
Photojournalists are branded as experts in reflecting peoples’ sadness, anger, surprise or fear, but a smile is often overlooked. Here, we seek to break down this ingrained professional avoidance, which
ultimately denies the medium a greater depth.
Photographers: Alexandra Boulat, Antonin Kratochvil, Ashley Gilbertson, Christopher Morris, Davide Monteleone. Donald Weber, Ed Kashi, Franco Pagetti, Gary Knight, Jessica Dimmock, Joachim Ladefoged, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, John Stanmeyer, Maciek Nabrdalik, Marcus, Bleasdale, Ron HAviv, Sim Chi Yin, Stefano Di Luigi, Tomas Van Houtryve.
About VII Photo Agency:
VII Photo was created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists, and by 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s “100 Most Important People in Photography.”
VII now represents 19 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists and visual storytellers, whose careers span 35 years of world history and whose approaches embrace a wide variety of styles.
Renowned for the quality of its photography, the group’s collective archive of over 100,000 images is an iconic summary of the defining landmarks of the late twentieth century and it continues to grow as the new