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Goal
Since 1985, the International Center of Photography has recognized outstanding achievements in photography with its prestigious Infinity Awards. The awards ceremony is also ICP’s primary fundraising benefit, with its revenues assisting the center's various programs.

Harbers Studios commissioned MediaStorm, on behalf of ICP, to create a short film about each of the recipients to screen at the awards ceremony and to display online. The films pay tribute to the contributions of each artist to the craft and field of photography and demonstrate ICP's commitment to them.

Client: Harbers Studios, International Center of Photography
Published: April 10, 2016

The Challenge
The primary challenge was working around the artist's desire not to have his face shown during the film.

The Solution
Cinematographer Rick Gershon, Director Brian Storm and Producer/Editor Tim McLaughlin identified a performance by Walid Raad at the Museum of Modern Art, as a potential shoot date for the film. Coordinating the coverage with MoMA, the MediaStorm team documented Raad’s performance, as well as his artwork. For much of the footage, Gershon avoided Raad’s face, but for those shots which did, McLaughlin blurred his face using Premiere Pro’s gaussian blur effect.

The Results
The films were shown on April 11, 2015 at the 2016 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards in New York and launched online on April 12, 2016.

The films available here are the full-length pieces. We also created shorter versions to show at the awards ceremony.

About the Client
This film was a collaboration with Harbers Studio and the International Center of Photography.

Harbers Studios turbocharges the efforts of charitable entrepreneurs by helping them tell their stories. Our goal is to help them articulate and share the value of the work they do so they can inspire others to help them do it. Working with some of the best filmmaking talent in the world, Harbers Studios creates compelling visual narratives that enhance the endeavors of organizations working to make the world a better place.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since ICP’s founding, they have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational facilities and archive.





Individual Films

Jonathan Harris and Greg Hochmuth have a complicated relationship with the internet and have worked together to develop an artwork that explored some of the more difficult consequences of what it means to live with the internet. Watch it now.

For more than a decade South African photographer Zanele Muholi has documented hate crimes against members of the LGBTI community in South Africa. Though the country ratified gay marriage in 2006, the discrimination and violence persist. Watch it now.

Walid Raad, an artist for over 25 years, has explored a range of issues from the facticity of photographic and video documents to the histories of art within the Arab world. Watch it now.

Currently watching

Susan Schuppli examines the ways in which the residues of technology leave their mark in video and still photography, how the very mechanics of image-making adds not only metadata but also a larger story about the nature of its creation. Watch it now.

“My photography has gravitated towards trying to understand relationships between state power and its citizens,” says Matthew Connors. By blurring categories, he offers us a broader understanding of complex political situations. Watch it now.

Artur Walther spent 20 years on Wall Street. But he never had plans to retire. Instead, he has amassed the world’s largest privately held collection of African photography. He is an exhibitor and publisher, too. Watch it now.

David Bailey is an artist, photographer and commercial director. His portraits are widely known, having photographed everyone from The Beatles to the Queen of England. Watch it now.

The International Center of Photography has since 1974, been a worldly cultural center for the discussions and creation of photography and media. All forms of photography and media are celebrated within the broad reach of ICP’s programs. Watch it now.

Since 1985, the International Center of Photography has recognized outstanding achievements in photography with its prestigious Infinity Awards. Watch it now.

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