Jurgen Schadeberg’s works spans over 65 years and includes a vast subject matter. He has multiple archives and has published several books on what he has seen since he started his career as a photographer. Mr. Schadeberg’s files were readily available to us and he and his wife, Claudia, were incredibly helpful in providing their high resolution scans to us in a timely manner. The primary obstacle for this project was figuring out how to narrow down 65 years worth of work and incredible stories into a short film.
Another challenge was that fact that Jurgen and Claudia Schadeberg live in Valencia, Spain, and weren’t able to travel to New York before our project deadline.
However, we were able to send our team to Valencia to shoot the interview and spend time documenting the award recipient at his home. This proved extremely helpful in the editing process in terms of content.
MediaStorm worked intensively on the transcript of Mr. Schadeberg’s interview. Every time we made a cut of the interview, we would be sure to keep in as many stories as possible, and whittle down more and more at each review. We ended up with several stories that not only paint a picture of Mr. Schadeberg’s life story, but reveal his kind, warm (and often times humorous) demeanor.
The result is a portrait of a historically significant photographer who has been making significant portraits for his entire career. Mr. Schadeberg talks about both the tragedy and the beauty he has seen and provides the viewer with a unique and hopeful glimpse into a dark national history.
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This film was a collaboration with Harbers Studio
and the International Center of Photography
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