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2023 ICP Infinity Award Films

This year marks the 10th year that MediaStorm has partnered with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studios to produce films that pay homage to each of the winners of ICP’s annual Infinity Awards for their contributions to the field of photography and visual arts.

Each March, the ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at an annual fundraiser at their headquarters in New York City. The gala event helps support a full range of programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, scholarships, and the ICP School.

MediaStorm’s films are widely recognized as the signature moment of the event.

For MediaStorm, these films pay tribute to our roots in photography and our aspiration for it to continue to be a force for positive change in the world.


Zora J Muff sees himself as an artist who happens to be Black living in a society that believes in race. His work shines a light on white supremacy, and has been honored with ICP’s 2023 Infinity Award for Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism.

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Poulomi Basu’s work employs multiple visual mediums to confront misogyny, oppression, abuse and climate injustice. The ICP has recognized Basu’s work with the the 2023 Infinity Award for Contemporary Photography & New Media.

Watch the film, explore a playlist of extras and see the slideshow

Growing up in Israel shaped Ariella Azoula’s view of the world, politics and art. For her work in critiquing the role of photography, the ICP has awarded her the 2023 Infinity Award for Critical Writing, Research and Theory.

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Before he died in 1992, Daniel Cowin donated a large collection of African American photography to the ICP. Joyce Cowin has continued her husband’s strong support, and the center has honored her with the 2023 Infinity Award for Trustee.

Watch the film, explore a playlist of extras and see the slideshow

Ming Smith moved to New York City to be a model, but her passion for photography and commitment to shining a light on Black culture has led to a distinguished photographic career. Smith is the winner of ICP’s 2023 Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Watch the film, explore a playlist of extras and see the slideshow

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The Kalish Workshop 2023

Apply by April 1 – this Saturday! – for The Kalish visual editing workshop that deeply explores what it means to be a visual editor, leader, manager (because there is a big difference), and good colleague. Want to talk AI? We’ll be doing that in June. Ethics? It’s one of our most critical sessions. Editing? We supply the assets.


Join MediaStorm founder Brian Storm and the rest of The Kalish staff and be inspired.

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Remembering Sudan

Remembering Sudan

Remembering Sudan, a film by Ami Vitale and MediaStorm, documents the potential extinction facing Northern White Rhinos and the heartbreaking story of caretaker Zacharia Mutai.

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Zacharia Mutai was devastated the day he lost his best friend Sudan. Sudan was someone he spent years with, someone he knew better than his own children, someone he loved. This death was tragic, but not a surprise.

Zacharia, the head rhino caregiver at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya, was caring for the last remaining northern white rhinos on the planet. His friend Sudan was the last male rhino of this species.

Sudan, 45 years-old, was gentle, hulking and otherworldly. His final moments were eerily quiet—just the sound of the rain falling, a single bird scolding, and the muffled sorrow of his caretakers.

But this is not just the story of Zacharia’s loss or of the death of a rhino. This is the story of the death of a species. A loss of such magnitude is a loss for all of humanity. Without these creatures, we suffer more than just the loss of ecosystem health. We suffer a loss of imagination, a loss of wonder, a loss of beautiful possibilities.

In Remembering Sudan, photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale documents the heartbreaking crisis facing the northern white rhinos and keepers like Zacharia Mutai who sacrifice so much to protect them.

After Sudan’s death in 2018, only two northern white rhinos remain, both females. Through Zacharia’s story, Vitale explores efforts to protect these rhinos as well as the groundbreaking scientific developments aimed at bringing the species back.

How did we arrive at the point where such desperate measures were necessary? It’s astonishing that a demand for rhino horn based entirely on misinformation has caused the wholesale slaughter of a species. At the same time, it is encouraging that a disparate group of people have come together in an attempt to save something unique and precious, something that if not saved, will be gone forever.

Go to olpejetaconservancy.org and Biorescue.org to learn more about saving and protecting these endangered species.

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Art of the Photo Book with David Campany

Curator, writer, editor and educator David Campany explores the craft of photo books, detailing his early love of photography and providing a look at some of his favorite books in a short-film, as well as a deep dive into 18 pivotal books, in the latest project by MediaStorm and Harbers Studios.

Campany pulls from many years of experience in the field to shed light on the different ways photographers craft photo books to communicate their artistic message, including detailed looks at some of his favorites.

Campany takes us on a journey through the evolution of photo book publishing, from Walker Evans’ seminal 1938 work American Photographs, to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pivotal book The Decisive Moment, to Mark Neville’s contemporary book about Ukraine Stop Tanks with Books.

Campany’s decades of experience in the field, including more than 20 books to his name, make him the ideal guide for this journey into the world of photo books.

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Welcome Back Brow

On the 17th anniversary of MediaStorm, I am excited to announce the return of Robert Browman, one of MediaStorm’s original family members.

Also known simply as Brow, he has rejoined MediaStorm as an editor and producer.

Brow was the first member of the MediaStorm team, joining me a full year before the company launched.

He coded the first version of our website by hand, helped select and produce our early publication projects and worked on client projects for MSNBC, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Open Society Foundations and the Rocky Mountain News.

Our friendship and collaboration has spanned multiple chapters. Brow joined the multimedia team at MSNBC.com in 1999, and we also collaborated at Corbis prior to MediaStorm.

He left MediaStorm in 2008 to pursue other adventures in the journalism and news industry, including a long period as an editor and producer at the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico.

On top of working alongside each all those years, we’ve remained great friends, and I’ve always considered him one of the founding minds behind our approach.

I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him back as we move forward together with our next chapter at MediaStorm.

Read more about Brow here.

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