May 3rd, 2012

Departing ICP Director Hartshorn Honored at 28th Annual ICP Infinity Awards

The 28th Annual International Center of Photography Infinity Awards, held May 2 in New York City, paid tribute to its departing director, ICP director Willis E. “Buzz” Hartshorn, who last year announced he wanted to step down for medical reasons. Though Hartshorn will continue to work with ICP, this was his last Infinity Awards as director, a role he has held since 1994, when he took over from ICP founder Cornell Capa.

The crowd gave a standing ovation to Hartshorn, who oversaw the expansion of both the ICP museum’s exhibition space and its photography school and the creation of the ICP Triennial exhibition. In accepting a special Infinity Award last night, Hartshorn said that in the 30 years he’s been associated with ICP, its mission has evolved from promoting the appreciation of photography to exploring “how pictures create meaning.” He thanked the ICP board for creating a new advisory position for him within the institution. He also expressed gratitude to ICP founder Cornell Capa for his leadership and encouragement. Looking first toward the heavens and then, after a pause, downwards, Hartshorn said, “Cornell, thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

Photographer Daido Moriyama won the Lifetime Achievement Award. A video that preceded the presentation showed Moriyama capturing his black-and-white, expressionistic images, shooting on the streets of Tokyo with a small pocket camera, sometimes from the hip or without looking through the viewfinder. Moriyama took his iconic photo “Stray Dog” while in his 20s, but for a time he abandoned photography, frustrated that his work was only copying. After falling into a period of drug use, he by chance found and bought a used Pentax and then returned to making art. (more…)

February 9th, 2012

Moriyama, Ai Weiwei to Be Honored at ICP Infinity Awards

Photographer Daido Moriyama will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will receive the Cornell Capa Award at the 2010 International Center of Photography Awards. The gala event will take place in New York on May 2.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) has also announced other recipients of 2012 Infinity Awards:

Young Photographer: Anouk Kruithof
Writing: David Campany
Art: Stan Douglas
Publication: The Worker-Photography Movement 1926–1939, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Photojournalism: Benjamin Lowy
Applied/Fashion/Advertising: Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes

The 2012 ICP Trustee Award winner will be announced in the future.

The 2012 winners were selected by a committee made up of Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Guggenheim Museum in New York; Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator of Photography, Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada; and Michael Mack, publisher, MACK, London. They selected the award winners from among nominees submitted by curators, academics, editors in nine countries.

Past recipients of ICP’s Lifetime Achievement Award include Annie Leibovitz, Eliott Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, editor Harold Evans and curator John Szarkowski.  The annual Infinity Awards are ICP’s largest  fundraiser, with ticket sales supporting exhibitions, education programs and community outreach. Inaugurated in 2000 in honor of ICP’s founder, the Cornell Capa Award has previously been given to Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Josef Koudelka and others.

For information, or to purchase tickets to the Infinity Awards, visit www.icp.org/support-icp/infinity-awards.

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