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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.

This year MediaStorm produced films for the following winners: Lifetime Achievement: Bruce Davidson; Applied: Alexandra Bell; Art: Samuel Fosso; Artist's Book: Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan; Critical Writing and Research: Maurice Berger, Race Stories column for the Lens section of the New York Times; Documentary and Photojournalism: Amber Bracken; and Emerging Photographer: Natalie Keyssar; and for Online Platform and New Media: Women Photograph.

An interest in social justice led Amber Bracken to start photographing the indigenous communities of Alberta, her home province in Canada. She came to see that the history of colonization was a common thread tying together issues experienced by indigenous people, a realization which in turn led Bracken to explore her own family’s settlement on land that once belonged to Native people. When she first heard about people camping in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline—a project designed to transport oil produced by fracking the Bakken shale in North Dakota––she thought at first it was another unremarkable protest. But as hundreds of tribes began gathering from around North America, she recognized the camp as a significant development in Native American history and made four trips there in the next six months. Her work aims to show the struggle for land rights and sovereignty that have long governed the plight for freedom for these communities.

Client: Harbers Studios, International Center of Photography
Published: April 9, 2018

The Challenge
Amber's being honored by ICP for her work at the Standing Rock camp, an event that had concluded by the time we came to make the film. The camp is gone, the site is buried under snow, and it's a 15-hour drive from Amber's location. How do we capture her in relevant action?


The Solution
Why does Amber's Standing Rock work stand out, when so many photographers were there as well? It's thoughtful. And that's because it's related to her ongoing project about indigenous people in Alberta, Canada. That work helped her recognize the importance of hundreds of tribes gathering at Standing Rock. Framing her Standing Rock images in this wider work gave us reason to shoot her in action in Canada.

The Results
The film premiered on April 9, 2018 at the ICP Infinity Awards Gala in New York City. The film was a 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

In a career that spans a lifespan, Davidson has used his camera to explore the world. From his iconic work “Brooklyn Gang” to “E.100th St.”, his work stands out for its intimacy with its subjects and long lasting impact. Watch it now.

Culture historian and art critic, Maurice Berger, uses his monthly column in the New York Times to explore racial literacy through visual literacy. He uses the power of photography and the written word to urge his readers to think about their own racial attitudes and to reflect the works of photographers of color, whose voices are often not seen by the mainstream art world. Watch it now.

Alexandra Bell draws on her journalism background to examine how words and images expose the media’s racial biases. In her signature work, Counternarratives, she re-imagines stories from the New York Times to create more equitable framings. Watch it now.

Tired of being quiet about a problem that has long persisted in journalism, Daniella Zalcman sought to address the hiring gap between white men and women, and people of color. The result is Women Photograph. Watch it now.

Natalie Keyssar has spent years documenting the consequences of unrest and economic turbulence in Venezuela in the aftermath of Hugo Chavez’s death. In her work, she explores the impacts of the violence on individuals and on society at large, demonstrating the effectiveness of the camera as a window to the world. Watch it now.

For decades, Samuel Fosso has used self-portraiture to question political and social norms in Africa and America. In his latest series, Black Pope, Fosso challenges the Catholic veneration of whiteness in contemporary visual culture. Watch it now.

In her latest work, Museum Bhavan, Dayanita Singh seeks to put the power of curation into the hands of the reader, to make the work accessible to a broader demographic. The result of her work is an object that is personal, interactive and portable, and one she hopes will encourage other photographers to recognize the importance of dissemination. Watch it now.

Drawn to photography in her quest for social justice, Amber Bracken, started working in the indigenous communities of her hometown, Alberta, Canada, to learn about their struggle for land rights. When she heard of protests in Standing Rock, she chose the camera as her weapon of choice to document a struggle for sovereignty. 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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