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Infinity Awards 2009

  • © Annie Leibovitz
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Annie Leibovitz

    Annie Leibovitz, Nicole Kidman, New York City, 2003 © Annie Leibovitz
  • © Letizia Battaglia
    CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Letizia Battaglia

    Letizia Battaglia, Nerina worked as a prostitute. She and her two friends were murdered by the mafia for not respecting their rules, Palermo, 1982 © Letizia Battaglia, from the book Passion Justice Freedom: Photographs of Sicily (Aperture, 1999)
  • © Lieko Shiga
    YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Lieko Shiga

    Out of Eden, from the series "Canary," 2006 © Lieko Shiga
  • © Aglaia Konrad
    PUBLICATION: Desert Cities by Aglaia Konrad

    Aglaia Konrad, From Desert Cities, 2008 © Aglaia Konrad
  • © Rinko Kawauchi
    ART: Rinko Kawauchi

    Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, from the series UTATANE, 2001 © Rinko Kawauchi, Courtesy the artist and FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
  • © Geert van Kesteren
    PHOTOJOURNALISM: Geert van Kesteren

    Unidentified photographer, Digital image made by an Iraqi citizen and sent to relatives/friends who live as refugees abroad, 'Here are some pictures of my fiancée's house in Baghdad after an attack of terrorists...,' Iraq, 2005–2007 © Baghdad Calling/collection Geert van Kesteren
  • © Tim Walker
    APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING: Tim Walker

    Tim Walker, Karen Elson, Alex Gilbert and Doll, Fitzrovia, London, January 2008. Published in British Vogue, March 2008 © Tim Walker, Courtesy the artist
  • © Brandon Remler
    © Brandon Remler

25th Annual
Infinity Awards 2009

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: Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since, and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973. By the time she left the magazine, she had shot 142 covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975 Rolling Stones tour. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she shot portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs, expanding her collective portrait of contemporary life. Pictures from the first twenty years of her career were collected in a retrospective book and exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970–1990. The exhibition was organized by ICP in association with the National Portrait Gallery. More recently, A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005 brought together her assignment and personal work in a book and an exhibition that opened at the Brooklyn Museum. In 2008, she published Annie Leibovitz at Work, a first-person commentary on her career.

Photo by Nick Rogers

CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Letizia Battaglia
Letizia Battaglia was born in Palermo, Sicily. Beginning in 1974, she worked for the newspaper L’Ora in Palermo until it closed in 1990. During that time she took some 600,000 photographs, many of which documented the activities of the Sicilian Mafia and its assault on civil society. She used her photographs to become one of the first to publicly denounce the activities of the Mafia. Battaglia also became involved in women’s and environmental issues and prisoner’s rights, causes to which she continues to dedicate herself to this day. From 1985 to 1997 she held a seat on the Palermo City Council for the Green Party, during which time she helped to revive the city’s historic center. For a time Battaglia ran a publishing house, Edizioni della Battaglia, and she co-founded a monthly journal for women, Mezzocielo. In 1985 she received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and in 1999 the Photography Lifetime Achievement Award of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography. In 2007, she was honored with the Erich Salomon-Preis, a lifetime achievement award of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie, the most prestigious prize in Germany.

Letizia Battaglia by Franco Zecchin, 1993

ICP TRUSTEES AWARD: Gayle G. Greenhill
Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees and member of the Finance and Nominating Committees, Gayle G. Greenhill is a passionate and avid collector of photography collector. Former Chair of the ICP Education Committee, she spearheaded the Campus Campaign for ICP's school in midtown Manhattan. The ICP Trustees Award is being presented to Gayle G. Greenhill in honor of her outstanding service to the ICP as Trustee, Chair, and now Chair Emerita; her unwavering dedication to ICP’s programs and activities, especially those of the school and community outreach programming; her exceptional contributions to the collection; and the extraordinary generosity she has shown to ICP throughout the past twenty-five years. Married to Robert Greenhill, Chairman of Greenhill & Company, she is also a mother of three and a grandmother of eight. Beyond ICP, she and her husband support the Harvard Business School Fund for Global Research and numerous other museums. Mrs. Greenhill also volunteers at many organizations and community events.

© International Center of Photography

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Lieko Shiga
Lieko Shiga was born in 1980 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. She studied Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, graduating in 2005. During that time she produced a series of images of her neighbors living in a block of East London council flats, drawing inspiration from paranormal photographs popular in the early days of photography. This series became Lilly, which was exhibited in Osaka, Paris, and Tokyo. Shiga was the September 2006 artist in residence at the Institute of Modern Art as part of Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan, a program of residencies, exhibitions, and events showcasing Japanese art in Australia. In 2005 Shiga received the Juror's award as part of the Mio Photo Award, and more recently, the 33rd Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award in 2008 for her books Lilly and Canary.

Self-Portrait © Lieko Shiga

PUBLICATION: Desert Cities by Aglaia Konrad
Over the years Aglaia Konrad has shot photographs all over the world, putting together an extensive archive of images from cities as diverse as São Paulo, Beijing, Chicago, Dakar, Tokyo, Cairo, and Shanghai in an effort to understand contemporary urban culture. Born in Salzburg, Austria, she currently lives and works in Brussels, where she was recently a guest professor at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas. In her photographs she focuses on urban time, structural growth, character, and living order. Konrad's exhibitions demonstrate her interest in how the exhibition space relates to the outside world. In her book, Desert Cities, published by JRP|Ringier, Zürich, she focuses on cities such as Cairo, Alexandria, and Anwar el Sadat. This is not classic architectural or documentary photography: her way of seeing is unadorned and draws our attention straight to the history of the real setting. The photographs show the application of "modernist" principles to architectural development in desert landscapes. Konrad has participated in numerous exhibitions and her work has appeared in many other publications including Camera Austria, Elasticity, and Iconocity.

Aglaia Konrad, From Desert Cities, 2008 © Aglaia Konrad

WRITING: Aveek Sen
A native of Calcutta, India, Aveek Sen has pursued an academic and journalistic career both in the UK and India. He studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his M.A. in English Language and Literature. He continued his academic career as a Gulbenkian Research Fellow in European History and Culture at Wolfson College, Oxford, and a lecturer in English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Currently Mr. Sen is the Senior Assistant Editor (editorial pages) for The Telegraph, Calcutta, where he has been employed since 1999. He also reviews books, films, classical music, art, and photography in addition to writing on the European Union, West Asia, the United Nations, Britain, public health in India, juvenile justice, and education. The recent focus in his writing on photography has already earned him an outstanding reputation in the field. Master photographer Dayanita Singh has referred to him as "the finest writer on photography." He is currently working on a book on the intersections of photography, literature, cinema, and the other visual arts.

Portrait by Dayanita Singh

ART: Rinko Kawauchi
Rinko Kawauchi has become one of the most notable Japanese photographers of her generation through work that illustrates the cycle of existence, drawing on the temporal themes of birth, life, and death. Born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Kawauchi became interested in photography while studying at Seian University of Art and Design. She first gained success with the simultaneous publication of three books in 2001: Hanako, Utatane, and Hanabi. Her publications and exhibitions have since been seen worldwide and she has appeared in several museum exhibitions and festivals, including Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam; and The Photographers' Gallery, London. Awards given to Kawauchi include the Grand Prix Prize at the Guardian Garden's 9th Hitotsubo Exhibition in 1997 and the 27th Kimura Ihei Award in 2002.

© Rinko Kawauchi/Courtesy the artist and FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Geert van Kesteren
Born in Amsterdam, Geert van Kesteren first worked as a photojournalist in Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 for the Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland. On his second visit to the region he met Uday Hussein, Saddam's son, which led to an exclusive interview for Stern magazine in 2000. He returned to Iraq in April 2003 and spent several months working on assignments for Stern and Newsweek. His work has been published in many other international magazines, and has led to three books: Mwendanjangula! Aids in Zambia, Why Mister, Why? (about his experiences in Iraq), and more recently, Baghdad Calling, in which Van Kesteren documents the lives of Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Baghdad Calling reveals everyday life in the Iraq of 2006 and 2007 through the eyes of Iraqis themselves: a team around van Kesteren amassed hundreds of photographs from the mobile phones and digital cameras of Iraqi citizens that reveal places where journalists dare not tread for reasons of personal safety. These images present a sequence of exploding grenades, family parties, ethnic cleansing, dancing in the park, demolished infrastructure, and hope of better times to come.

Portrait by Conny Luhulima

APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY: Tim Walker
Tim Walker is a photographer based in London. His interest in photography was sparked by his experience at Condé Nast, where he set up the Cecil Beaton Archive. After graduating from Exeter Art College, he worked as a freelance photographic assistant before working as Richard Avedon's assistant in New York. His career as a photographer was launched when he came in third in the Independent Young Photographer of the Year Awards, and he went on to contribute to high-profile magazines including Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar. He has also shot advertising campaigns for clients including Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Comme des Garçons, Gap, and Yohji Yamamoto, among others. His work was the subject of an exhibition at the Design Museum of London from May through September 2008 and his first book, Pictures, was published by teNeues in May 2008.

Alison Tanner, Tim Walker and Blue Sheep © Alison Tanner

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs
Caryl Englander
Pamela Stedman Farkas
Jeffrey P. Williams

Vice-Chairs

Glenda Bailey
Fabien Baron
Sandy Brant
Maureen Chiquet
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz

Ariel Foxman
Dennis Freedman
David Granger
Calvin Klein
Kelly Klein

Karen Lauder
Michael Psilakis
Marjorie and Jeffrey A. Rosen
Gloria Steinem
Clémence and William von Mueffling
Jann Wenner

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Charlotte Cotton, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Deborah Martin Kao, Head Curator, Harvard Art Museum and Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Marcel Saba, Director, Redux Pictures, New York, New York

INTERNATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Daphné Anglès, Europe Picture Coordinator, The New York Times, Paris, France
Peter D. Barberie, Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bill Charles, Principal, Bill Charles Gallery, New York, New York
Esa Epstein, Executive Director, Sepia International, New York, New York
Prof. F.C. Gundlach, Founding Director, House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany
Stefan Hallin, Principal, Bildbyran Silver Agency, Stockholm, Sweden
Lisa Hostetler, Ph.D., Interim Coordinator of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Photographs, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ryuichi Kaneko, Guest Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Gisela Kayser, Curator, Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Germany
David E. Little, Curator and Head, Department of Photography, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Santiago Lyon, Director of Photography, The Associated Press, New York, New York
Carol McCusker, Curator of Photographs, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Eric Miles, Photoeye Auctions, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Russell Roberts, Senior Research Fellow in Photography—Exhibitions, Ffotogallery & University of Wales, Newport
Bob Wollheim, Chief Executive Officer, Fotosite/SixPix, São Paulo, Brasil
Cynthia Young, Assistant Curator, International Center of Photography, New York, New York