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ICP announces 2017 Infinity Awards
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NEW YORK, NY.- The International Center of Photography, the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, today announced the 2017 honorees of its annual Infinity Awards, widely considered the leading honor for excellence in the field. The 33rd annual ICP Infinity Awards will be held in New York City on the evening of Monday, April 24.

“Throughout our history, the International Center of Photography has been dedicated to the idea that images are powerful tools for communication and understanding, and a force for social change. And, every year, we present the Infinity Awards to acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “We look forward to this April’s event—always a very special night—when we will celebrate this outstanding group’s impressive collective achievements.”

2017 INFINITY AWARD CATEGORY AND RECIPIENTS:

• Lifetime Achievement: Harry Benson

• Art: Sophie Calle

• Artist’s Book: Michael Christopher Brown, Libyan Sugar (Twin Palms, 2016)

• Critical Writing and Research: “Vision & Justice,” Aperture (no. 223, summer 2016). Michael Famighetti, Editor; Sarah Lewis, Guest Editor

• Documentary and Photojournalism: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, “Negative Publicity”

• Emerging Photographer: Vasantha Yogananthan • Online Platform and New Media: For Freedom

Since 1985, the ICP Infinity Awards have recognized major contributions and emerging talent in the fields of photojournalism, art, fashion photography, and publishing. Past recipients include Berenice Abbott, Lynsey Addario, Richard Avedon, Ariella Azoulay, David Bailey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Chuck Close, Roy DeCarava, Elliott Erwitt, Harold Evans, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Robert Frank, Adam Fuss, David Goldblatt, Paul Graham, David Guttenfelder, Mishka Henner, André Kertész, Steven Klein, William Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Duane Michals, Daidō Moriyama, Zanele Muholi, James Nachtwey, Shirin Neshat, Gordon Parks, Gilles Peress, Walid Raad, Eugene Richards, Sebastião Salgado, Malick Sidibé, Lorna Simpson, Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino, Peter Van Atgmael, Bruce Weber, and Ai Weiwei, among others. Past Infinity Award attendees include Hamish Bowles, Naomi Campbell, Grace Coddington, Bella Hadid, Carolina Herrera, Arianna Huffington, Karlie Kloss, Alexandra Richards, Leelee Sobieski, and Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor.

The annual event is ICP’s largest annual fundraiser and supports all of ICP’s programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach.

The 2017 honorees were chosen by a selection committee composed of Erin Barnett, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, ICP; Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art, University of Sunderland in the UK; and Joel Smith, Curator of Photography, The Morgan Library.






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