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Infinity Awards 2010

  • © Stephanie Badini
    John Morris accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award
    © Stephanie Badini
  • Peter Magubane
    CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Peter Magubane

    Peter Magubane, Mandela Shuffle, 1990. © Peter Magubane, Courtesy the artist
  • Raphael Dallaporta
    YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Raphaël Dallaporta

    Raphaël Dallaporta, BLU-3/B, Cluster Bomb, USA, 2004. © Raphaël Dallaporta, Courtesy L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
  • Sarah Greenough
    PUBLICATION

    Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" by Sarah Greenough
  • Luc Sante
    WRITING: Luc Sante

    Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905–1930 by Luc Sante
  • Lorna Simpson
    ART: Lorna Simpson

    Lorna Simpson, Cloud, 2005. © Lorna Simpson, Courtesy the artist and Salon94, New York
  • Reza
    PHOTOJOURNALISM: Reza

    The remains of Russian military tanks destroyed by Mujaheddin under the commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, Afghanistan, Panjshir Valley, July 2009, from the series Once Upon a Time, The Russian Empire. © Reza/Webistan
  • Daniele Tamagni
    APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING: Daniele Tamagni

    Daniele Tamagni, Playboys of Bacongo, from Gentlemen of Bacongo, 2008. © Daniele Tamagni, Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery London

26th Annual
Infinity Awards 2010

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: John G. Morris
John G. Morris, called "the world's most influential photo editor," has worked with the greatest photojournalists of the past century—from World War II to the Vietnam and Gulf wars. From 1939 to 1945, he was a member of the Time, Inc. editorial staff, working variously as Life's Hollywood/Los Angeles correspondent (1941–42), Assistant Picture Editor (1942–43), London Picture Editor—handling D-Day coverage and serving as field coordinator for all press photographers in Normandy (1943–44), Paris Bureau Chief (1945), and Midwestern Editor (1945). Morris was drafted into the Air Force in 1945, editing photographs for Impact, the Air Intelligence magazine. Back in civilian life again, he joined Ladies' Home Journal as Picture Editor, working especially on the "How America Lives" and "People are People the World Over" feature series. In 1953 he became Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, working alongside its founders Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, Chim (David Seymour), and other noted member photographers. He also worked for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time-Life Books. Morris is the author of Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism (Random House, 1998 and University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the ICP Infinity Award for Writing in 1999. In early 2009, the French Légion d'honneur, France's highest and most prestigious award, was bestowed upon Morris for his seven decades of professional service to photojournalism.

CORNELL CAPA AWARD: Peter Magubane
Peter Magubane was born in 1932 in Vrededorp and grew up in Sophiatown in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. First published in Drum magazine in 1954, Magubane covered many important political events in the 1950s, including treason trials and demonstrations. After freelancing in London in the early 1960s, he returned to South Africa and worked for the Rand Daily Mail from 1967 until 1980. From 1969 to 1976, Magubane was repeatedly arrested and interrogated for his activities, jailed or kept in solitary confinement for months at a time, and banned from his position at the Rand Daily Mail for five years. In 1976, he was hospitalized after his nose was broken by the police and his house was burnt down. In 1985, he was shot seventeen times at a student's funeral in Natalspruit. His coverage of the uprisings in Soweto (June 1976) brought worldwide acclaim and led to a number of international photographic and journalistic awards, including the American National Professional Photographers Association Humanistic Award in 1986, in recognition of one of several incidents in which he put his camera aside and intervened to help prevent people from being killed. From 1978 until 1980, Magubane worked as a correspondent for Time magazine, after which time he moved to New York. Magubane has photographed for several United Nations agencies, including the High Commission for Refugees and UNICEF, and his photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Life, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Paris Match, and The Washington Post, among others. His honors include the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri (1992) for his lifelong coverage of apartheid, the Robert Capa Award (1986), and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mother Jones Foundation (1997).

Photo by David Meyer-Gollan

ICP TRUSTEES AWARD: Gilbert C. Maurer
For more than 35 years, Gilbert C. Maurer has been at the center of growth, change, and creativity at Hearst Corporation. He is a member of the Corporation’s Board of Directors, director of The Hearst Foundations, as well as a trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst, having successfully served for eight years as Hearst’s chief operating officer, until 1998. Prior to becoming COO, Maurer led Hearst Magazines as its president for 14 years. Maurer was instrumental in creating the Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial competition, which launched in 2009 to showcase the professional work of talented young photographers. Maurer is steadfast in his vision for Hearst to recruit and retain the world’s finest photographers, continuing Hearst's distinguished legacy of working with legends like Slim Aarons, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Philippe Halsman, and Martin Munkacsi. A graduate of St. Lawrence University and Harvard Business School, Maurer has served in leadership capacities at a number of museum, universities, and charitable organizations. He is a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and was president of the Whitney Museum Board from 1993 to 1998. Maurer is also a director and member of the governance board of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Gilbert C. Maurer
© Hearst Corporation

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER: Raphaël Dallaporta
Raphaël Dallaporta, born in France in 1980, has in a short period of time garnered international acclaim for his thoughtful and engaging projects. In Dallaporta's Antipersonnel series, colorful and diversely shaped land mines are seductively captured against a black background. The initial impression of these objects belies their deadly function and is quickly dispelled as one reads the captions. Like entries in a manual, the practical features of each object are listed: dimension, weight, country of manufacture, method of detonation, and description of the resulting explosion. For his most recent work, Autopsy, Dallaporta set up his studio in a forensic pathology lab in France. As autopsies were performed, he was presented with body parts to photograph, which—as in Antipersonnel—he presents in life size. Their textures, shapes, and vibrant colors captivate the viewer. The accompanying text, however, reminds of the inescapable certainty of mortality, citing the clinical cause of death, accompanied by a more personal account of the context in which it occurred.

Photo by Alexandra Catiere

PUBLICATION: Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" by Sarah Greenough
Sarah Greenough's Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" provides a fascinating, in-depth examination into the making of what would become one of the great photobooks, using vintage contact sheets, work prints, and letters that chart the photographer's journey around the country in 1955–1956. Greenough is Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington where she has organized numerous exhibitions, including Alfred Stieglitz (1983), On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography (1989), Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (2001), André Kertész (2005), and Irving Penn: Platinum Prints (2005). Greenough is the author of many publications, including Walker Evans: Subways and Streets (1991), Robert Frank: Moving Out (1994), Harry Callahan (1996), Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set (2002), and All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (2004) with Malcolm Daniel and Gordon Baldwin. Her exhibitions and publications have earned numerous honors, including an ICP Infinity Award in 1990 for the publication On the Art of Fixing a Shadow and the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award in 2003 for Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set.

© National Gallery of Art, Washington

WRITING: Luc Sante
Born May 25, 1954 in Verviers, Belgium, Luc Sante is a writer, social historian, and critic. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, he has written about books, movies, art, photography, music, and miscellaneous cultural phenomena for a variety of periodicals. He has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Grammy (for album notes). Immigrating to the United States at a young age, he grew up speaking both French and English, a duality that proved formative to his love of prose. After attending Columbia University, he moved to the Lower East Side, where he resided during the 1970s and '80s. His experiences scavenging through street vendors’ goods and collecting books and personal mementos led him to write his most well-known book, Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991). With this history of underclass New York City spanning from 1840 to 1919, Sante established himself as an acerbic and witty chronicler of New York City. Renowned as an expert on old New York, he was hired as an historical consultant for Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film Gangs of New York. Sante is currently the Visiting Professor of Writing and the History of Photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. His newest work, Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905–1930, places a broad range of early 20th century postcards in an historical and social context.

Photo by Evan Sung

ART: Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Simpson first became known in the mid-1980s for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of identity, history, and memory. Using the African American woman as a visual point of departure, Simpson examines the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships, and experiences of our lives in contemporary multi-racial America. In the mid-1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that depict the sites of public—yet unseen—sexual encounters. Most recently, she began a project involving an archive of photographs from the 1950s, which she has been adding to by creating her own replicas of these images, posing herself to mimic the originals. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Miami Art Museum; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Simpson's first mid-career survey was exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miami Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina.

Photo by Zora Casebere, 2010

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Reza
Reza Deghati, born 1952 in Tabriz, Iran, is an Iranian-French photojournalist, architect, and philanthropist. Known simply as “Reza,” he uses his lens as a weapon to fight injustice in the world. His work has been published in the world’s top international magazines for which he has traveled the world photographing wars, revolutions, and natural disasters. He is the founder of AINA, the Afghan Media and Culture Center. Based in Kabul, Paris, and Washington, AINA is dedicated to the education and empowerment of children and women through the use of media and communication. National Geographic Television has produced many films on Reza's work, one of which won an Emmy in 2002 with a second film receiving a nomination. In 2005, Reza was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of France, and the following year he received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Committed to the education of future generations, Reza also spends much of his free time giving presentations and workshops on photojournalism, global issues, and his humanitarian work at international institutions and universities.

Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

APPLIED/FASHION/ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniele Tamagni
Daniele Tamagni is a freelance photographer based in Milan and London. A regular contributor to the Italian magazine Africa, Tamagni has documented African and Caribbean communities worldwide, undertaking specific projects depicting culture, religion, music, fashion, and art. In the beginning of 2007, he began work on Peckham Rising, a project organized with Paul Goodwin, the cross-cultural curator at the Tate Britain. The project—an exploration of black urbanism in Peckham, London—was exhibited in a group show at the end of 2007. Tamagni is best known for his recent project Congo Dandies, which won best portfolio at the Canon Young Photographer Awards 2007 and second prize at Premio Ponchielli 2009. His debut book Gentleman of Bacongo, (Trolley Books, 2009) celebrates the Congolese culture of La SAPE, a French acronym for La Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes. The sapeurs, as they are called, sport ostentatiously dapper suits and fedoras, made all the more striking by the abject poverty of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo by Iskander Ziganshin

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

 

Co-Chairs
Pamela Stedman Farkas
Sue Hostetler
Jed Root

Vice-Chairs
Glenda Bailey
Fabien Baron
Sandy Brant
Helena Christensen
Ann Curry
Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz
Caryl & Israel Englander
Ariel Foxman

David Granger
Gayle & Robert Greenhill
Iman
Bicky & George Kellner
Calvin Klein
Kelly Klein
Evelyn & Leonard Lauder
Karen Lauder
Craig McDean

Martha A. Nelson
Marjorie & Jeffrey A. Rosen
Mark Seliger
Stephanie & Fred Shuman
Ingrid Sischy
Connie & Jeffrey Tarrant
Stefano Tonchi
Clémence & William von Mueffling
Thomas J. Wallace

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Chris Boot, Chris Boot Ltd., London, England
Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Peter MacGill, President, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Pilar Alcala, Independent Curator, Vienna, Austria
Judy Annear, Senior Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Alejandro Castellanos Cadena, Director, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico
Kinshasha H. Conwill, Deputy Director, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, DC
Stephan De Broyer, Chief Editor, View Magazine, Brussels, Belgium
Valérie Fougeirol, Gallery Director, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France
Alex Gonzalez, Co-Founder / Executive Creative Director, AR Media, New York, NY
Darius D. Himes, Editor, Radius Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Roberto Koch, FORMA Centro Internazionale di Fotographia, Milan, Italy
Frank Meo, Creative Director, Meo Represents, New York, NY
Evan Mirapaul, Independent Curator, New York, NY
Catherine Philippot, Relations Media, International Press Office, Paris, France
Aidan J. Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignment, Reportage, Orchard and Global Assignment, Getty Images, London, United Kingdom
Ivan Vartanian, Goliga Books, Tokyo, Japan
Brian Wallis, Deputy Director for Exhibitions/Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Huangsheng Wang, Ph.D., Director, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China