Osage News photographer’s image chosen for Month of Photography Denver

Photo caption: An image of five-year-old Bravery Hammer, taken by her father Cody Hammer, can be seen on a time loop projection in downtown Denver. Photo courtesy of Third Dune Productions and Night Lights Denver

An image of a young Native American girl can be seen flashing on the side of a building in downtown Denver this month.

The image is of five-year-old Bravery Hammer, Osage/Cherokee/Creek, and the photo was taken by her father Cody Hammer, Osage News photographer. In the photo, Bravery is wrapped in an Osage Nation Foundation limited release Pendleton blanket and her black hair is tied back in a braid. The image appears in the 2021 Month of Photography Denver and was chosen by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for the prestigious festival.

Month of Photography Denver (MOP) is a biennial festival that celebrates the photographic medium through public exhibitions, events and programs at more than 75 museums, galleries, and other participating spaces across the Denver Metro region. The next festival will take place March 1-30, 2021, according to their website.

The festival creates exhibition opportunities for hundreds of working artists, generates publicity for arts organizations across the region, and showcases outstanding photography from around the world for everyone to enjoy.

Hammer is of Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) Nation descent. He started working at the Osage News in 2019 as an editorial assistant and photographer. Based in Skiatook, he is a self-taught and award-winning photographer. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Pro Chapter. He is also a member of Indigenous Photograph, a database of photographers throughout Indian Country.

He also runs his own photography business called Reduced Lunch Photography and focuses on portraits, family portraits and sports photography.