Stephen Mayes has worked with photography, art and journalism for 25 years. While Director of Network Photographers, a leading independent reportage agency, Stephen chaired the World Press Photo competition and curated several photographic exhibitions including Positive Lives, which continues to tour in four continents. He went on to develop creative strategies for major commercial agencies, working as Group Creative Director of Getty Images and CEO of Photonica in the USA. As Creative Director of eyestorm.com Mayes worked with many contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Richard Misrach, and as Director of the Image Archive at Art + Commerce he represented Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, Taryn Simon and others. He has written and broadcast extensively on the ethics and realities of photographic practice. Stephen is currently based in New York as Director of VII Photo.