Join ICP online or in person for a special conversation with the 2022 ICP Infinity Award Honorees, Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado (Lifetime Achievement), Acacia Johnson (Documentary Practice and Photojournalism) and Esther Horvath (Emerging Photographer), moderated by Karen Holmberg, co-director of NYU's Gallatin Wetlab, an experimental environmental arts and science laboratory where researchers seek interdisciplinary ways to address the climate crisis.  The image-makers will discuss their recent projects that bring important awareness of environmental conservation, justice, and climate change to the forefront. 

This program is being offered both in person and online. Tickets are free with suggested donation. In Person and Online tickets are not interchangeable.

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About the ICP Infinity Awards

The International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards honor outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts. On April 25, 2022, we will be honoring visionaries who are raising awareness of environmental conservation, environmental justice, and climate change through their body of work.

To support the ICP Infinity Awards, visit All proceeds from the Infinity Awards directly benefit ICP’s education and exhibition programs, providing critical crisis funding for the entire institution.

Speaker Bios

Esther Horvath is a documentary photographer, fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers, member of The Photo Society and a science photographer for Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Since 2015, after her first assignment in the Arctic Ocean with Audubon Magazine, Esther has dedicated her photography to the polar regions, especially to the Arctic Ocean, documenting scientific expeditions and behind the scene science stories. She follows the work of multiple science groups that are working to better understand the changing polar regions. By documenting the work and life of scientists who deliver important data, Horvath hopes to help make a difference in how people understand what is actually occurring and, in collaboration with scientists, help raise public awareness regarding these fragile environments. Begun in 2016, her main long-term documentary project IceBird has followed scientific expeditions investigating the thinning ice cover in the Arctic Ocean. From 2019–2020, she spent almost four months on board the Polarstern icebreaker, documenting the MOSAiC expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean, the largest ever Arctic Ocean science expedition. Her documentary, during polar nights, under the extreme conditions of the North Pole, is published in the book Into the Arctic Ice in English and Expedition Arktis in German language. The book, accompanied by essays and contributions by experts, is a testimony to the biggest climatic challenge of our time, and offers insights into this research project as well as the polar landscape worthy of protection. Esther’s work has been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, GEO and Stern among others.

Acacia Johnson is an artist and photographer from Alaska. Drawn to Arctic light and otherworldly landscapes, her work has focused on the environment, conservation, and the deep connections between people and place. After receiving a Fulbright grant to Arctic Canada in 2014, she has made over fifty expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica as a photographer and a guide—an effort to inspire wonder and compassion for these remote regions during a time of rapid change.

Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are housed in collections at the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME, and The Guardian, among others. In 2020, she was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Art and Style, and in 2021 received the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant.

Sebastião Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado created Amazonas Images, which is today their studio, and exclusively handles his work. Salgado’s photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Sahel. L’Homme en détresse (1986), Other Americas (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), and Gold (2019).

Karen Holmberg is an archaeologist who specializes in volcanic contexts to examine the long-term experiences humans have had with environments that change unpredictably. She is interested in how the past can aid understanding of the environmental challenges and crises of the 21st century, particularly in the Global South. Holmberg received her PhD from Columbia University after which she taught at Brown and Stanford Universities. Her doctoral work was funded by Fulbright, Mellon, and Wenner-Gren awards. She is the recipient of awards including a Creating Earth Futures award from the Geohumanities Centre of Royal Holloway University and the Leverhulme Trust, Make Our Planet Great Again award to collaborate with the Laboratoire de Géographie Physique at the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, and the This is Not a Drill award through the NYU-Tisch Future Imagination Fund that utilizes public pedagogy to address the intractable social problems of the climate emergency through technology, the arts, and critical thinking. Some recent science outreach activities include an appearance as a volcano expert on a new Disney+ game show for children that teaches science and critical thinking skills, The Big Fib; an immersive art-science piece, Double-Sided Immersion, at ZKM gallery in Karlsruhe, Germany as part of the Critical Zones exhibition (May 2020-January 2022) curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel; and co-directorship of the New York Virtual Volcano Observatory on Governors Island as Earth science outreach. She is the scientific director of the Gallatin WetLab, an experimental initiative for public-facing teaching and a living art-science laboratory. Holmberg currently directs interdisciplinary field projects examining past environmental changes and future volcanic risks on coastlines in Patagonia (Chaitén, Chile) and near Naples, Italy (Campi Flegrei); closer to home, she researches the radically transforming past and future coastlines of New York City.

About the Program Format

This program is being offered in person and online.

For in person ticket holders, the program will take place in the Library at the International Center of Photography, located at 79 Essex, New York, NY 10002. All program attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask throughout their visit. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

For online ticket holders, those who register for online access will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the program on Zoom through a computer or mobile device.

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