Gary Knight (2017) is founder and principal architect of the VII Photo Agency; co-founder of the VII Foundation; founder of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, where he teaches a course in nonfiction storytelling; co-founder of the GroundTruth Project at WGBH; and is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; Chairman of the VII Photo Agency Board; a brand Ambassador for Canon; twice Chair and President of the World Press Photo Award; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a distinguished and awarded photographer.
Gary’s photography career began in Southeast Asia in 1988. Since then he has worked for many of the world’s leading print media during his career as a journalist and photographer. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine from 1999 until 2009 and covered many of the world’s most important news stories, including the wars in Cambodia, Burma, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Congo, and Israel-Palestine. Since 2008 he has worked on documentary and anthropological storytelling projects in collaboration with scholars and academics from his studio at Tufts University.
Gary has won many international peer-reviewed awards and honors for his work, which is in private and institutional collections worldwide and has been exhibited many times, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The International Center of Photography, New York; Le Louvre, Paris; and Scavi Scalgieri, Verona.
During his time with the Logan Nonfiction Program, Knight will work on two projects: a book about his experience covering the Khmer Rouge from 1988 through the present day and a visual memoir that examines the Iraq War from three different perspectives.