On April 2nd, The 35th Annual International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Awards celebrated significant accomplishments and emerging talent in the fields of photography and visual culture.
The 35th Annual ICP Infinity Awards kicked off with ICP Board Chair Caryl Englander and Board President Jeffrey Rosen, sharing their personal perspectives about the International Center of Photography and its mission, as well as their excitement for ICP’s upcoming move to Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side in New York City.
Throughout the evening, this year’s Infinity Award winners Rosalind Fox Solomon (Lifetime Achievement), Dawoud Bey (Art), Zadie Smith (Critical Writing and Research), Jess T. Dugan (Emerging Photographer), and Shahidul Alam (Special Presentation) were introduced by films of their work, executive produced by Harbers Studios and created by MediaStorm for the event. Closing this year’s Infinity Awards on a high note – literally – attendees serenaded Solomon in celebration of her 89th birthday which, coincidentally, was also on April 2nd.
More than 400 people were in attendance at the event, including Infinity Co-Chairs Marjorie Rosen, Michael A. Clinton, and Judith Bookbinder; media and entertainment industry leaders Sade Baderinwa (anchor, WABC-TV), Stefano Tonchi (editor-in-chief, W), Anne Fulenwider (editor-in- chief, Marie Claire), Stellene Vollandes (editor-in-chief, Town & Country), Kira Pollack (deputy editor, Vanity Fair), Maurice Berger (professor, curator and New York Times writer), Ben Goldberger (assistant managing editor, TIME Magazine), David Furst (international photo editor, New York Times), Lucy Kaylin (editor-in chief, O Magazine), Susan Taylor (former editor-in-chief, Essence); Santiago Lyon (director of editorial content, Adobe), Ligaya Mishan (New York Times writer), Catherine Kellner (actress), Kristin Joy Watts (Instagram art and fashion lead), Quil Lemons (photographer and Instagram influencer), and Kimberly Drew (independent curator and writer and Instagram influencer); artists and photographers Elliott Erwitt, Steve McCurry, Larry Fink, Alexandra Bell, Ara Starck, Jodi Cobb, Jonno Rattman, Tomas Van Houtryve and Deborah Willis; philanthropists/ICP supporters Peggy Anderson, Heather and Bill Vrattos, Bicky and George Kellner, Almudena Legorreta, Dominique and Samuel L. Milbank, Sylvia and Jan W. Mulder, Fabian Onetti, Pat Schoenfeld, Merryl and James Tisch, Jennifer and Robert James, Elyse Benenson, Corice Arman, Ahrin Mishan, Richard and Cricket Burns; curators Erin Barnett (ICP) and Sarah Meister (MoMA); and gallerists Bruce Silverstein, Howard Greenberg, Dominique Lévy, Blanca Berlin, Jane Corkin, and James Danziger, and more.
ABOUT THE ICP INFINITY AWARDS
Since 1985, the Infinity Awards have recognized significant contributions and emerging talent in a wide range of fields that now encompass photojournalism, art, fashion photography, publishing, critical writing, and new media. Past recipients include Berenice Abbott; Lynsey Addario; Richard Avedon; Ariella Azoulay; David Bailey; Alexandra Bell; Harry Benson; Maurice Berger; Amber Bracken; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Sophie Calle; Edmund Clark; Bruce Davidson; Roy DeCarava; Elliott Erwitt; Sir Harold Evans; Larry Fink; For Freedoms; Samuel Fosso; Robert Frank; LaToya Ruby Frazier; Adam Fuss; David Goldblatt; Paul Graham; David Guttenfelder; Mishka Henner; André Kertész; Natalie Keyssar; Steven Klein; William Klein; Karl Lagerfeld; Annie Leibovitz; Helen Levitt; Mary Ellen Mark; Ryan McGinley; Susan Meiselas; Duane Michals; Daidō Moriyama; Zanele Muholi; Shirin Neshat; Gordon Parks; Gilles Peress; Walid Raad; Eugene Richards; Sebastião Salgado; Malick Sidibé; Lorna Simpson; Cindy Sherman; Dayanita Singh; Juergen Teller; Peter Van Atgmael; and Ai Weiwei, among others.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and image-making practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Visit icp.org to learn more. www.icp.org