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Infinity Awards 2007

  • © Jefferson Spady
    © Jefferson Spady
  • © William Klein
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: William Klein

    Moves + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955 © William Klein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
  • © Milton Rogovin
    CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Milton Rogovin

    Untitled, from Storefront Chronicles, 1958-1961 © Milton Rogovin 1952-2002, Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
  • © Karl Lagerfeld
    ICP TRUSTEES AWARD: Karl Lagerfeld

    Cate2 © Karl Lagerfeld
  • © Ryan McGinley
    YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan McGinley

    Dakota (Hair), 2004 © Ryan McGinley, Courtesy Team Gallery, New York
  • © Tracey Moffatt
    ART: Tracey Moffatt

    Adventure Series No. 4, 2004 © Tracey Moffatt
  • © Christopher Morris
    PHOTOJOURNALISM: Christopher Morris, My America

    Washington, DC, 2005 © Christopher Morris/VII
  • GAP
    APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING: The GAP

23rd Annual
Infinity Awards 2007

ICP's Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries.  The awards ceremony is ICP's primary fund-raising benefit, and the revenues generated assist the full range of the Center's programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, and the School at ICP.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: William Klein
William Klein is a native New Yorker who has lived in Paris since 1948. As a photographer and filmmaker, Klein has influenced visual media in the U.S. and Europe for the better part of a century. During the 1950s and 1960s, he pioneered a new kind of street photography: to represent the fragmented urban chaos that was his subject, he produced work that was grainy, blurry, and distorted via wide-angle lenses, fast film, and unique framing and printing. His first book, Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels (1956) is widely considered to be one of the most important photography books ever published. Klein's many films, including Broadway by Light (1958), the first Pop film; Who are you Polly Maggoo? (1965-66), Muhammad Ali the Greatest (1969-74), and The Messiah (2000), comprise another important body of work for the artist, as does his fashion photography for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Self-Portrait © William Klein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Milton Rogovin
A consummate photojournalist and dedicated activist, Rogovin's lens has illuminated social issues for more than 60 years: globally, the plight of the miner in ten nations; locally, the decline of the steel industry and the struggle of the working people of his home town of Buffalo, New York, among many other focuses. His work has been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions, and he received the W. Eugene Smith Award for Documentary Photography in 1983. Rogovin's photographs are in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Biblothèque Nationale, Paris; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Photograph of Milton Rogovin in His Darkroom, ca. 1980s © Milton Rogovin, Courtesy Center for Creative Photography

ICP TRUSTEES AWARD: Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld's keen aesthetic eye and constant interest in new experiences have earned hima position as one of the fashion world's most prominent figures. With this presentation, ICP pays homage to Lagerfeld's extensive influence in the field of photography and his pioneering contributions to the use of photographic images throughout his career—as a practicing photographer, a publisher of photography books, a noted collector, and an international patron of the arts.

©Karl Lagerfeld

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan McGinley
At 24, Ryan McGinley became the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. McGinley's intimate portraits of graffiti artists, skateboarders, and musicians—many of whom are his friends—reveal contemporary youth subcultures with a keen, honest eye. He has quickly become known as a confessional artist in the mold of Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans, one who can not only navigate the fleeting, elusive world of kids coming of age in urban environs, but can convey the complexity of their lives with a camera. Through his lens, bohemia appears as a site of deep and conflicted expression, and a constant struggle for meaning.

Photo by Bruce LaBruce

PUBLICATION: Sommes-Nous? by Tendance Floue
The tightly knit and highly resourceful photographic collective Tendance Floue has, for more than fifteen years, shared everything from money to authorship. In addition to exhibitions and a trilogy of publications, the group has enacted many novel performances, and has covered areas of photojournalistic interest, including the United States in the aftermath of 9/11 and Palestine. With Sommes-Nous? ("Are We?"), the group's eleven members confront issues of artistry, technology, and the human condition. This book, which presents its material in the innovative format of an exhibition staging, features photographs that portray places marked by history, where multiple worlds confront one another.

Flying through the sky of the Calanques Sea, Marseille, France—Sept 2002 © Tendance Floue

WRITING: David Levi Strauss
As a professor, critic, and artist, David Levi Strauss has a special perspective on the way we see that has shaped our understanding of the changing nature of visual media. Commenting on photography and the role of images in industry and general interest magazines, exhibition catalogues, and book essays, Levi Strauss continued to lead the dialogue about the medium. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in writing for 2003-4. His books include Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics, as well as a monograph on the world of Brazilian photographer Miguel Rio Branco and Let There Be Light, on the Rwandan genocide, in addition to numerous other catalogues and monographs.

Photo by Sterrett Smith

ART: Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt is a leading contemporary Australian artist who works in photography, film, and video. A powerful visual storyteller, her photographs play with a variety of printing processes and are characterized by a filmic, narrative quality. She has exhibited extensively all over the world. Moffatt first gained significant critical acclaim during the 1990s when she was selected for the Biennales of Venice, Sydney, São Paulo, and Gwangju, and two of her films were selected for official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Photo by Andrew Coppa © Tracey Moffatt

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Christopher Morris, My America
Working tirelessly for Time magazine and as a founding member of the photo agency VII, Christopher Morris has become well-known primarily for his images of war and conflict. My America, the photographer's first book, catalogues the patriotism as well as the pageantry surrounding President George W. Bush, whose administration has remained closely guarded since the beginning. From the interior to the White House to bodies returning from war, images have been tightly controlled under Bush's watch. This level of secrecy makes Morris's recent work all the more fascinating and important. He has received numerous accolades during his career, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal and Olivier Rebbot awards from the Overseas Press Club, a previous Infinity Award for Photojournalism, and the Photographer of the Year Award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Self-Portrait © Christopher Morris/VII

APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY: The GAP
For over twenty years, The GAP has produced and presented an extensive collection of fashion and advertising photography, resulting in what well may be the most recognizable fashion label on the planet. A new publication, GAP Individuals: Portraits from the GAP Collection features work by eminent photographers including Infinity Award winners, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Chuck Close, among many others. This book collects memorable images used in advertisements from 1988 until today. From actors to musicians to comedians, the catalogue is a veritable history of the past twenty years of celebrity, through the lenses of photographers who elucidate the uniqueness of the human being.

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs
Pamela Stedman Farkas
Jed Root
Jeffrey A. Rosen

Event Chair
Kim Vernon

Vice-Chairs
Fabien Baron
Maureen Chiquet
Dennis Freedman
Mark Getty
Iman

Jonathan Klein
Kelly Klein
Karen & William Lauder
Ingrid Sischy
Gary Van Dis
Diane von Furstenberg

SELECTION COMMITTEE
François Hébel, Director, Les Rencontres D'Arles, Photographie, Arles, France
Mary Panzer, Independent Scholar and Curator, New York, New York
Charles Desmarais, Deputy Director of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

INTERNATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Kim Bourus, Higher Pictures, New York
Reid Callahan, Director, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Toure Amadou Chab, Director, Galerie Chab, Bamako, Mali
Diego Goldberg, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic magazine, Washington, D.C.
Judith Keller, Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
Jon Levy, Editor/Ei8th, London, England
Helen Marcus, President, W. Eugene Smith Fund, New York, New York
Stavros Moresopoulos, Hellenic Centre for Photography, Athens, Greece
Chantal Nedjib, Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France
Jed Root, President, Jed Root, Inc., New York, New York
Lars Schwander, Director, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Charles Stainback, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Bernie Yenelouis, ICP Education Department, New York, NY