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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.

The winners for Documentary and Photojournalism: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, combine years of investigative research and photography on extraordinary rendition during the War on Terror in their hallmark publication, Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition. In documenting the seemingly mundane, they uncover the ways that the U.S. and U.K. conducted a secret war on civilians and suspected terrorists, often with nothing but circumstantial evidence.

Client: Harbers Studios, International Center of Photography
Published: April 24, 2017

The Challenge
The primary challenge in producing this film is also the central paradox of the authors’ work: how to illustrate what, by its very nature, can not be seen. Crofton and Black, work much like detectives, use photographs and documentation to piece together evidence of events that remain, by and large, hidden to the public. The challenge then became to replicate this sense of slowly uncovering a mystery.


The Solution
This film relies heavily on musical choices to create a foreboding, uncertain mood. This helps reinforce the sense of mystery. Visually, the editor chose to use rack-focused video to metaphorically suggest information becoming clear. Further, it was important when planning the shoot to make sure there was time to film both Crofton and Black physically handling their work, both documents and photography. By allowing the men room to speak outside of a formal interview, we give the audience an opportunity to see how the photographer and investigator make connections and illuminate the secrets behind the rendition program.

The Results
The film premiered on April 24, 2017 at the ICP Infinity Awards Gala in Chelsea Piers, New York City. The films were the special feature of the evening and a critical fundraising tool.


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

After spending a year on a failed photographic project in China, Michael Christopher Brown needed a change. A year later, he was recovering from a near fatal injury, and the wounds of a loss that shook the photography community to its core.Watch it now.

“Vision & Justice” explores how photography has been weaponized to both denigrate and celebrate African American life. This publication honors the works of African American artists who seek to reframe the visual narrative. Watch it now.

In his retelling of the Indian epic the Ramayana, Vasantha Yogananthan explores the space between truth and fiction, merging documentary and fine art photography to create a story about how the myth impacts Indian society today. Watch it now.

By following the seemingly mundane bureaucratic paper trail of the War on Terror, Photographer Edmund Clark and investigator Crofton Black uncover secrets the government would rather keep hidden.Watch it now.

For Freedoms is the first artist-run Super PAC. The PAC was founded by photographers and artists to engage in the political process and offer more complex messages. Watch it now.

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