The ICP Infinity Awards honor and celebrate major achievements in photography and visual art. The 2024 event coincides with ICP's 50th Anniversary—a milestone anniversary celebrating a lasting legacy in photographic excellence. The event is ICP's largest fundraiser and benefits its full range of education and exhibition programs. 

This year, the event recognizes four talented photographers who have expanded the boundaries of the medium as well as a philanthropist who has annually supported the field. 

2024 Infinity Award Categories and Recipients: 
  • Trustees Award: Caryl S. Englander 
  • Lifetime Achievement: Shirin Neshat 
  • Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism: Lynsey Addario 
  • Contemporary Photography and New Media: Wendy Red Star 
  • Commercial and Editorial Photography: Renell Medrano 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Caroline Vigneron, Associate Director of Special Events & Corporate Partnerships, at events@icp.org

About the Honorees

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist, who has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades.  Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Syria, and ongoing war in Ukraine.

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts.

Addario is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur fellowship, she was part of the New York Times team to win a Pulitzer prize for overseas reporting out of Afghanistan Pakistan, an Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award, and two Emmy nominations. She holds three Honorary Doctorate Degrees for her professional accomplishments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  Bates College in Maine, and University of York in England.

In 2015, Addario wrote a New York Times Best selling memoir, "It's What I Do," which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world.  In 2018, she released her first solo collection of photography, “Of Love and War,” published by Penguin Press. 

Caryl S. Englander is an accomplished documentary and portrait photographer. She has served as Chair of the International Center of Photography since 2008, having joined the Board a decade earlier. Her exceptional leadership has guided ICP through a period of tremendous growth and international recognition. Among her many contributions to the success of the institution today is securing ICP’s exciting new location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, housing the school and museum in one integrated space. In recognition of this accomplishment, the structure has been named The Caryl S. Englander Building. A graduate of the ICP/NYU Master’s program, Ms. Englander’s photographs have formed the core of several exhibitions, including “Acts of Charity, Deeds of Kindness” for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in 2005, and “Through the Lens of Faith,” installed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in 2019 in collaboration with the Studio Libeskind. In addition to her leadership positions, she has served on ICP’s Exhibitions, Acquisitions, and Education Committees, and is a fierce advocate for their programming and community engagement.  

Renell Medrano is a Dominican-American photographer and director from The Bronx, New York, whose work focuses on finding vulnerability in her subjects, drawing inspiration from New York City and her motherland of the Dominican Republic.

She graduated from Parsons School of Design | The New School with a degree in Photography. In 2015, she was awarded “New York Times Lens Blog Award” for her photography series ‘Untitled Youth’, which explored 4 teenage girls living in the Bronx going through adolescence. Her commercial fashion photography has been published in dozens of publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, CR Men, and W. She has shot campaigns for various brands, including, Burberry, Gucci and Prada.  

Medrano has had two solo photography exhibitions. Peluca at MILK studios, New York, and in 2019, Pampara at Gallery Rosenfeld in London. Group shows include 20TK’s “The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers,” Just Pictures and Aperture Foundation’s ground-breaking traveling exhibition, the New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion. In 2022, the artist created the celebrated cover image of Kendrick Lamar’s double-album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers—which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Neshat works and continues to experiment with the mediums of photography, video and film, which she imbues with highly poetic and politically charged images and narratives that question issues of power, religion, race, gender and the relationship between the past and present, East and West, individual and collective through the lens of her personal experiences as an Iranian woman living in exile.

Neshat has held numerous solo exhibitions at museums internationally including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; The Broad, Los Angeles; Museo Correr, Venice, Italy; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Neshat has directed three feature-length films, Women Without Men (2009), which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, Looking For Oum Kulthum (2017), and most recently Land of Dreams, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2021).

Neshat was awarded the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006) and in 2017, she received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award in Tokyo.

She is represented by Gladstone Gallery in New York and Goodman Gallery in London.

Wendy Red Star (b.1981, Billings, MT) lives and works in Portland, OR. Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), both of which have her works in their permanent collections; Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris, France), Domaine de Kerguéhennec (Bignan, France), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Hood Art Museum (Hanover, NH), St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN), the Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), among others.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, TX), the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College (Clinton, NY), the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (Durham, NC), the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL), the Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA), the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), and the British Museum (London, UK), among others.

She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University (New Haven, CT), the Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), CalArts (Valencia, CA), Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL), and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO). In 2017, Red Star was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2018 she received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Her first career survey exhibition “Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth” was on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey through May 2019, concurrently with her first New York solo gallery exhibition at Sargent's Daughters.

Red Star is currently exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL), The Broad (Los Angeles, CA), Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz, NM), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), The Rockwell Museum (Corning, NY), amongst others. Her new solo exhibition American Progress is on view at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) through August 2022.

Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles.  She is represented by Sargent's Daughters.

About the Infinity Awards

Since 1985, the ICP Infinity Awards have recognized major contributions and emerging talent in the fields of photojournalism, art, fashion photography, and publishing. 

Past recipients include Berenice Abbott, Lynsey Addario, Richard Avedon, Ariella Azoulay, David Bailey, Poulomi Basu, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roy DeCarava, Elliott Erwitt, Harold Evans, Larry Fink, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Robert Frank, Adam Fuss, David Goldblatt, Paul Graham, David Guttenfelder, Mishka Henner, André Kertész, Steven Klein, William Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Duane Michals, Daidō Moriyama, Zanele Muholi, Zora J Murff, James Nachtwey, Shirin Neshat, Gordon Parks, Gilles Peress, Walid Raad, Eugene Richards, Sebastião Salgado, Malick Sidibé, Lorna Simpson, Cindy Sherman, Ming Smith, Peter Van Atgmael, and Ai Weiwei, among others.

Past Infinity Award attendees include Hailey Baldwin, Hamish Bowles, Naomi Campbell, Grace Coddington, Bella Hadid, Carolina Herrera, Arianna Huffington, Karlie Kloss, Alexandra Richards, Leelee Sobieski, and Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor.

Infinity Awards is sponsored by HEARST.

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