SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII

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SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII will be on exhibit in New York City from April 4th – May 1st of this year. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, the photo project will show at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street. The anthology includes more than eighty photographs “celebrating one of life’s most basic yet complex reactions,” the smile. Global in scope and universal in appeal, the representative project shows people smiling in a world of situations ranging from the streets of Kosovo to a Justin Bieber concert in Switzerland. The special exhibit pulls from more than thirty years of work by artists in the VII Photo Agency, a creative cooperative made up of twenty of the the world’s preeminent photojournalists. But, the smiles don’t stop there; the collection is continually growing. As an interactive exhibit, SMILE! invites viewers to submit their own pictures via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #sharemysmile and answering the question “Why do you smile?” Select selfies will be added to the gallery and the website, and curators Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi will choose their favorite image to win a signed copy of Questions Without Answers: The World in Pictures by the Photographers of VII.



Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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