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Verve Photo Celebrates Two Years Online March 22, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Burma.
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Salvador, Bahia Brazil 2002 by Geoffrey Hiller

What do the editors of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal and other publications have in common? Hard to believe it, but I found out they regularly view Verve Photo searching for photographic talent and story ideas. When I started the Verve blog two years ago I had no idea there would be a need for such a showcase.  At that time I was struck by the emerging young photographers who were traveling to countries across the globe to pursue projects that mattered to them, from the political to the personal. And then there were the ones who remained closer to home, uncovering images no less powerful. During the past two years we have featured the work of  close to 400 photographers from almost every country in the world. The definition of ‘new breed’ has since expanded to include striking work that is not bounded by age, but rather by inquisitiveness and passion.

The tidal wave of documentary photography online seems to have only increased the need for an editorial filter. At the same time our viewers have steadily grown in number. Wherever I go it’s amazing to meet so many people who know about Verve, and more, who are excited and who find inspiration from the blog. This may be because Verve Photo is not an ‘aggregator of content’ but is more labor intensive, with a two-month lead time before each posting that involves discussion with each photographer.

I want to thank all of you who have generously shared your work, and helped create what has now become a community that includes regular viewers as well as picture editors, designers and curators. Those of you who appreciate the effort involved in putting this work together here at Verve Photo, please consider making a donation. That way we can all enjoy meeting more great photographers in the future.

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