VII Photo AgencyIn keeping with our commitment to high-quality journalism, we have partnered with the VII Association to bring some of the world’s preeminent photographers from VII Photo Agency to Telluride. The goal is to take our online explorations into the community, and add vibrant and diverse points of view to the conversation. Visiting journalists will contribute a local story to the San Juan Independent, present some of their work at a Leaders in Journalism Lecture and be the guest of honor at a family-style dinner.

Photographer Jessica Dimmock

Jessica will be joining us from Brooklyn to share excerpts from her newest film, Brick, that witnesses the loss and extraordinary risk of five middle-aged and senior war vets, steel foremen, and fathers and grandfathers coming out for the first time as transgender women in the hyper-masculine culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Leaders in Journalism Lecture


Family-Style Dinner Fundraiser

Jessica Dimmock with be the guest of honor at an intimate, family-style dinner hosted by T. Karn Imports with wine pairings presented by John Sutcliffe, owner of Sutcliffe Vineyards.  Dimmock will share behind-the-scenes stories from her film, Brick, and answer any questions about her other work.  Limited to 16 seats.  Join for excellent food, drink and conversation!

Jessicjessportrait copya worked as a public school teacher in Brooklyn before pursuing photography. Since graduating from the International Center of Photography, Jessica has won numerous international awards, including the Infinity Award for Photojournalist of the Year from the International Center of Photography (2014), the F Award for Concerned Photography, Magnum’s Inge Morath Award, the Juror’s Choice Award from The Santa Fe Center of Photography and The Marty Forscher Fellowship from Photo District News. For her video work she was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Hampton’s International Film Festival.

In the fall of 2007 her first book, The Ninth Floor, was published in Italy and the USA by Contrasto. She had her first solo exhibition at Forma, The International Center of Photography in Milan the same year and since has been exhibited at museums and galleries such as the Centre Pompidou, Foam, The Photography Museum of Amsterdam; Kunsthaus, Dresden; Foley Gallery, Chelsea; Locuslux Gallery, Belgium, and Aperture, New York. She became a full member of VII Photo in 2011.

Jessica’s work has appeared publications such as Aperture, W, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, The British Journal of Photography, Time, Grazia, and Photoicon and books such as A New American Photographic Dream, C International, American Photography 22 and This Day of Change.

Jessica began her video work by being commissioned for a video for Moby. Since then, she has filmed the award-winning feature film Without, which was nominated for a Gotham Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. She video for the UNFPA about child marriage was awarded first place at World Press Photo. She was a videographer on the HBO series The Weight of the Nation and Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously. Her first documentary feature, Brick, is currently in production with executive producers Impact Partners and John Hoffman and has received support from Sundance, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and Arcus. Jessica was named one of the 25 New Faces of Film by Filmmaker Magazine . Jessica is currently based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson

Leaders in Journalism Lecture, TBA
Family-Style Dinner Fundraiser, TBA

ashley gilbertsonAshley Gilbertson is a photographer with the VII photo agency, and a principal at Shell Shock Pictures. Gilbertson’s photographs from Iraq where he worked from 2002 until 2008, gained him recognition from the Overseas Press Club who awarded Gilbertson the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal. His first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, was released in 2007. Since then, Gilbertson has been examining veterans issues including Post Traumatic Stress and suicide for Time Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Times. In 2007, he began working on Bedrooms Of The Fallen, a collection of photographs depicting the intact bedrooms of service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. That series was published by The New York Times Magazine, and went on to win the documentary photography National Magazine Award. It will be published in book form in 2012. He lives with his wife and child in New York City.


Past Visiting Journalists

Photographer Maciek Nabrdalik

Maciek Nabrdalik will be joining us from Poland in order to share his groundbreaking work from the front lines of the refugee crisis in Europe. As wars rage in Syria and Iraq, and simmer in Ukraine and Libya, and with drought rocking Sub-Saharan Africa, there are more refugees on the move now than at any time in history, with many flooding into Europe by land and sea. Nabrdalik begins his story on the Greek island of Lesbos where, he writes, “They first appear as small, undefinable spots on the horizon. Nobody knows exactly when and where they will appear — but what IS certain is that they keep coming. Several dozen times a day.” Then, the story flows through the port of Athens and the borders of Serbia and Croatia.

Maciek Nabrdalik is a graduate of Warsaw University of Technology. He gave up Computer Science for his greatest passion, photography, which he took up professionally in 2001. Nabrdalik began working in the U.S., shooting for local newspapers, and worked as an assistant at photo shoots for world-acclaimed fashion magazines.

In 2008, he joined the VII Mentor Program, between 2010-2011 he was a part of VII Network and since 2011 he is a member of VII Photo.

Although Nabrdalik often works in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, his main concentration is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe. Nabrdalik is based in Warsaw, Poland and his stories have been published by Smithsonian Magazine, L’Espresso, Newsweek, Polityka and The Wall Street Journal among others.  In 2012 he was awarded with a grant from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to continue his project on Nazi camps survivors worldwide.  That same year, Nabrdalik won the 2012 edition of the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant to produce the work called Econimic Migrations.

Photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier

Photographer and filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier focuses his work on marginalized communities across the United States. Frazier has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities throughout America, including in his home state of Iowa. His work acknowledges isolation and neglect while also celebrating perseverance and strength.

Frazier’s assignment work includes: Harper’s, The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Atlantic, TIME, GEO (Germany), GQ (UK), Mother Jones, LIFE, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsweek, Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Der Spiegel. In print features on his photographs and films include: Hungry Eye Magazine (UK), The New York Times (USA), photo-eye (USA), Photo Raw (Finland), LFI (Germany), RearViewMirror Magazine (Italy), Photo District News (USA), B&W Magazine (UK), TAKE photography magazine (Australia), Duke magazine (USA), the trip (Italy), and Virginia Quarterly Review (USA).

Frazier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for foreign and domestic projects including: Emerging Photographer Fund finalist (2012), Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize finalist, Center for Documentary Studies (2010), The Aftermath Project (2009), Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of the NEH (2009), W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist (2007 and 2008), and the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Research Abroad (2003). His photographs are in public and private collections, including: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Duke University’s special collections library, Honickman Foundation, and Smithsonian, National Museum of American History.

Writer Robert Baer


Robert Baer is a former CIA field agent who has since become one of America’s preeminent foreign policy experts on the Middle East.  He has written several award winning books, including See No Evil which was the basis for the film Syriana.  Baer is a consistent voice on CNN and a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.



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