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For over 30 years, the International Center for Photography (ICP) has celebrated the leading image-makers in various categories through the Infinity Awards. Harbers Studios commissioned MediaStorm, on behalf of ICP, to create a short documentary for each award-winner. The purpose of the films was to showcase the photographer and his or her work at the Infinity Awards event.

Client: Harbers Studios, International Center of Photography
Published: April 30, 2015

The Challenge
For this project, we needed to make a film about an already-existing body of work, which meant that any new footage would have to reflect the work in either style or content. LaToya often photographed in black and white, collaborating with her mother and grandmother to create portraits that explored the impact of industry on her family. We needed to film scenes that would highlight her work.

The Solution
We decided to connect the footage to the photographs by filming on location in LaToya’s hometown—Braddock, Pennsylvania. LaToya’s photographs were rooted in a sense of place, and we felt the town was as much of a character in her work as her family. To embrace the setting of her images, we filmed the interview in the iconic Braddock Carnegie Library. Additionally, we spent the day walking around town with LaToya. We filmed scenes with her as she guided us through her memories of her family and the town.

The Results
The films were shown on April 30, 2015 at the 2015 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards in New York and launched online on May 1, 2015.

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, we create 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 our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we 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.

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