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MediaStorm Launches Annual Partnership with the International Center of Photography

MediaStorm is thrilled to present our annual partnership with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studio, a film series honoring the winners of the 33rd Annual Infinity Awards. This year, MediaStorm was proud to produce the films honoring these winners: Michael Christopher Brown, Libyan Sugar, for Artist’s Book; Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis, Vision & Justice, for Critical Writing and Research; Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Negative Publicity, Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, for Documentary and Photojournalism; Vasantha Yogananthan, for Emerging Photographer; and For Freedoms, for Online Media and New Platform.

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Each year, ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a gala in Chelsea Piers, which serves the dual purpose of honoring these works and galvanizing support for ICP. According to ICP Executive Director, Mark Lubell, the Awards ”acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world.”

MediaStorm’s films have been highlighted as the signature moment of the event. Since the first presentation of the films at the 2013 gala, ICP fundraising goals and achievements have skyrocketed. In 2016, ICP raised $1.2 million in one night, and MediaStorm is humbled to have played a role in catalyzing that effort. Our work with ICP affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, creating these films pays homage to our roots in photography, and illuminate that photography can be a force for change.

Congratulations to all the winners, including Harry Benson for Lifetime Achievement, and Sophie Calle, for Art.

 

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MediaStorm Events in the Bay Area

As you may remember, the Storm family moved to California last fall for Elodie’s amazing JSK Fellowship at Stanford University. They’ve been learning a lot and getting to know the innovative communities out there, and we’re excited to share some events where you can catch Brian on the West Coast.

April 26: Consider the Selfie: A Conversation with Lynn Johnson moderated Brian Storm

On April 26 join Lynn Johnson and Brian for a conversation on the selfie and its place in an increasingly interconnected world on at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. The talk will reflect on the question: how does our selfie obsession connect us with one another as we are challenged to hold our ground in empathy, tolerance, and inclusion? This talk is part of the Palto Alto Photo Gallery Lecture Series, an organization that aims to foster conversations in visual storytelling. Learn more here.

And if you want to learn more about why Lynn Johnson is an amazing person to learn from, watch this film we produced about her work, telling stories of women from around the world.

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May 1: Storytelling @ MediaStorm

On May 1, in conjunction with Filmmaker Success, Brian will be presenting on digital storytelling and the cinematic narrative. Citing work by MediaStorm, Storm will emphasize how storytelling continues to evolve as a result of technological innovations and an expanding media universe. The digital age gives filmmakers, documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary and unprecedented new ways to tell stories. Storm will also give an overview as to smart business strategies to help freelance and small business owners alike in an increasingly evolving media landscape. The event will take place at the San Francisco Public Library, North Beach Branch. Learn more here.

May 5: One Day MediaStorm Masterclass @ Stanford

And finally, he’ll be teaching our One Day Masterclass on May 5 at Stanford University.

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides a general, yet precise, overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. MediaStorm founder Brian Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

Although this is not a hands-on workshop, active discussion is both encouraged and expected from all participants. Theory is backed up by real world examples using MediaStorm’s award winning work.

The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary and multimedia content. To apply, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Consider the Selfie: A Conversation with Lynn Johnson moderated Brian Storm

Join Lynn Johnson for a conversation on the selfie and its place in an increasingly interconnected world on April 26 at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. The talk will reflect on the question: how does our selfie obsession connect us with one another as we are challenged to hold our ground in empathy, tolerance and inclusion? This talk will be moderated by Brian Storm and is part of the Palto Alto Photo Gallery Lecture Series, an organization that aims to foster conversations in visual storytelling.

Lynn Johnson is a photojournalist and visual storyteller. As a regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the brain, the centrality of water in village life. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own, and she is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Her master’s thesis, as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, probed the impact of hate crimes. As a teacher, Johnson encourages her students to ask tough questions too. At National Geographic Photo Camps she teaches at-risk youth worldwide. With Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications she has developed a program that urges master’s students to push past their comfort levels. But for most of the year, she pursues her own vision, spending two months a year in her home base of Pittsburgh, where she packs that camera bag over and over.

MediaStorm is honored to have created a film on the work Lynn does with Ripple Effect Images, dedicated to telling the stories of women from around the world.

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We hope you can join us for this important conversation. To learn more and to get tickets, please click here.

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Worth Watching #155: Bug Man by Iqbal Ahmed

I love

every.

single.

thing.

About this film. – Brian Storm

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls Exhibition and Grant Now Open

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting submissions for a new joint exhibition and grant opportunity that engages with ideas of resistance and embraces the role and agency of artists themselves in shaping our societies. Selected projects will be exhibited in the next installment of our ongoing Moving Walls exhibition series, opening in October 2017 at the Open Society Foundations–New York. Selected artists will also receive a grant of $20,000–$30,000 to support ongoing or future work on these themes.

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OSF is seeking photo-based artists whose goal is to resist, question, and/or affirm, not merely to illustrate or document negative impacts as a neutral observer.

Proposals should engage with topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/expression, religion, nationality, and immigration status from a variety of perspectives. We encourage applicants to interpret these themes broadly.

The project welcomes a wide range of photo- and image-based approaches, including documentary photography, conceptual documentary, archival images, curated or aggregated projects, social practice, video art, interactive media, and projects that use photography and/or associated metadata as the basis for information art. Projects may be contemporary, or include historical material.

For more information and to apply please click here.

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