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New York Times, Truth Takes A Journalist

Camille Summers-Valli


Using almost all archival footage from NYT, this project was a mammoth edit job. We watched many many hours of footage to find the moments you see in here - the moments, that for myself and the team, reveals NYT journalists as humans, not just a name at the end of an article. We found moments of doubt, sadness, hilarity and joy which we brought together with soundbites of from interviews. The ‘By’ frames the entire edit. The anchor that the edit keeps coming back to. The point is to remind the viewer that there are humans behind the articles we read, humans that are working with passion and dedication to bring us The New York Times. It was immensely rewarding to work on this. Thanks to Dan Sherwen and Droga 5.

Camille Summers-Valli is a director, artist and fashion photographer. Her work has a sensory, photographic style, inspired equally by fashion, nature and documentary activism. Camille’s rise to fame came in 2015 when she released her debut film ‘Big Mountain’ in collaboration with the ICA and MoMA, a film that explores the experiences of a small Navajo community as they try to remain in their ancestral homelands after a wave of evictions. This was followed by 'All That Is', explored the subject of love, in all its ecstasy, difficulty and doubt. The film premiered at Sheffield doc fest and Cannes Voice of a Woman in 2017. Camille also directed music videos and fashion campaigns for clients such as Chanel, Gucci Bloom, Dazed Beauty, Hot Chip, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney. Since working with Somesuch, Camille has directed standout work including ‘Still I Rise’, a rousing commercial for the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, featuring the voice of Maya Angelou, ‘The Truth Takes A Journalist’ for New York Times, and ‘Besides April’ for BadBadNotGood alongside fashion campaigns for Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermes. Camille is a Central Saint Martins alumna. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, raised in Nepal, she is currently based in Berlin.