The International Center of Photography (ICP) is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2015 Infinity Awards including Graciela Iturbide, who will receive the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

“We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 Infinity Awards,” said Executive Director Mark Lubell. “We look forward to honoring this incredible group of artists, who demonstrate the range of image-making today. Using tools as diverse as drones, transmedia installations, and a Rolleiflex—they show us the power of the image to offer new perspectives, inspire discussion, and communicate ideas.”

To meet Mexican photoghapher Graciela Iturbide on Friday, April 1st, please see below.

Model Kate Moss by Mario Testino.

Model Kate Moss by Mario Testino.

Mario Testino, Peruvian photographer. Photo BBC

Mario Testino, Peruvian photographer. Photo BBC

THE 2015 RECIPIENTS

Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement:

Art:                                                                             

Graciela Iturbide

Larry Fink

New Media:                                                              

Question Bridge: Black Males (Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair & Jesse Williams)

Photojournalism:

Tomas van Houtryve

Publication:

LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Notion of Family

Special Presentation:

Mario Testino

Trustee:

The Lean In Collection, by Getty Images & LeanIn.Org

Young Photographer:

Evgenia Arbugaeva

THE 2015 INFINITY AWARDS

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City

6:00 pm Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The Infinity Awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in photography. The awards are also ICP’s largest annual fundraiser and support all of ICP’s programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach. Since 1985, the annual ICP Infinity Awards have recognized major contributions and emerging talent in the field. Past winners include Berenice Abbott, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, David Guttenfelder, André Kertész, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Daidō Moriyama, James Nachtwey, Gordon Parks, Jürgen Schadeberg, Malick Sidibé, and Ai Weiwei.

More than 500 prominent individuals from the art, business, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, and photography worlds attend the event each year to celebrate photography, creative expression, and artistic achievement.

Co-Chairs, Sponsor & Benefit Committee

Event Co-Chairs: Renee Harbers Liddell, Bob Jeffrey, and Marjorie Rosen.

Corporate Sponsor: Hearst Corporation

Benefit Committee: Peggy and Keith Anderson, Glenda Bailey, Deborah Goodman Davis, Mia Diehl, Caryl and Israel Englander, Jay Fielden, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, T.J. Gottesdiener of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Gayle and Robert Greenhill, Deborah Jerome

and Peter Guggenheimer, Joan and Doug Hansen, Alan Rickman and Rima Horton, Bob Jeffrey, Bicky and George Kellner, Ellen and Richard Kelson, Almudena and Pablo Legorreta, Marina and Andrew Lewin, Renee Harbers and Christopher Liddell, Robbie Myers, Liam Neeson, Jeffrey A. Rosen, Stephanie and Fred Shuman, Sue and Fred Sievert, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Stefano Tonchi, and Diane and Thomas Tuft.

Selection Committee & Nominators

Each year, a group with wide-ranging professional expertise nominates potential Infinity recipients; winners are then chosen from among the nominees by a Selection Committee. The Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement and Trustee winners are selected by the ICP Board of Trustees and senior staff.

The 2015 Selection Committee consisted of: Kristen Lubben, Curator, ICP; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine; and Deb Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

*Due to a personal conflict, Deb Willis recused herself from the New Media selection process.

This year’s Nominators were: Zeina Arida, head of the Sursock Museum, Beirut, and Board member at the Arab Image Foundation; Lacy Austin, Director of Community Programs, ICP; Isolde Brielmaier, Project Director, Contemporary Art Initiative, Westfield World Trade Center; David Campany, writer, curator, and artist; Teju Cole, writer, photographer, photo critic, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College; Charlotte Cotton, independent curator and writer; Mia Fineman, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Danielle Jackson, co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center; Teru Kuwayama, photojournalist and Photo Community Manager at Facebook; Olivier Laurent, Editor of Time LightBox; Fred Ritchin, Dean of the School at ICP; Paul Roth, Director, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto; Mariko Takeuchi, Associate Professor, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design; Brian Wallis, Chief Curator, ICP; and Cynthia Young, Director of the Robert and Cornell Capa Archive, ICP.

RECIPIENT BIOS

Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City. In 1969, at the age of 27, she enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to become a film director. She was, however, soon drawn to the art of still photography. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at museums in Mexico, the United States, and Europe and books of her work have been published internationally. Iturbide is the recipient of numerous prizes including W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award; the grand prize for the Mois de la Photographie in Paris; the Hugo Erfurth Award in Leverkusen, Germany; the International Grand Prize in Hokkaido, Japan; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Award from the City of Arles, France; the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Hasselblad Award; and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City. In 2014 the National Council of the Arts in Mexico organized a National Homage for her achievements in photography, which was accompanied by an Academic degree at the Art Academia of the Arts.

Photo by Graciela Iturbide.

Photo by Graciela Iturbide, a Mexican photographer.

Larry Fink has been a professional photographer for more than 55 years. His one-man shows have appeared at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art;

the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. Fink has been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts, and two Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for more than 52 years, with professorial positions at Yale University, Bard College, and Cooper Union, among others.

Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair, and Jesse Williams are the creators of Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine black male identity in America. Through a video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

Tomas van Houtryve developed a passion for photography while enrolled in a university program in Nepal. After graduation in 1999, he devoted himself to photojournalism, starting out with the Associated Press in Latin America. He was the first AP photographer to cover the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and later traveled to Kandahar to photograph families of the Guantánamo inmates. He left the AP in 2003 to concentrate on large-scale personal projects. In 2013, with the support of grants from the Pulitzer Center, the Aaron Siskind Foundation and Getty Images, van Houtryve began working on Blue Sky Days, a drone’s-eye view of America. He is the recipient of the Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan Young Photographer Award, the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents, and the 2012 POYi World Understanding Award. He is a member of VII Photo.

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2011, Frazier completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and shortly thereafter was appointed Critic in Photography at the Yale University School of Art. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her notable first New York City solo exhibition, A Haunted Capital, was held at Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2013. Frazier has received numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2015 TED Fellowship.

Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Born in Lima, Peru, he moved to London in 1976, where he began his career. His work has been featured in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair, and in successful advertising campaigns for leading fashion and beauty houses such as from Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Lancôme, and Michael Kors. Testino is also a noted portrait photographer of actors, royalty, and other celebrities. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Shanghai Art Museum, then Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Seoul Arts Center. He has published 12 books, including MaRio de Janeiro Testino, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Private View, and In Your Face. Testino has received f the Medalha Tiradentes from the state of Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Cross Order of Merit from Peru, and the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to photography and charity.

The Lean In Collection, by Getty Images & LeanIn.Org

Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, and LeanIn.Org, the women’s non-profit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, have teamed up and launched the Lean In Collection—a library of 4,500 creative images (and counting) devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls, families and the workplace. The goal is to shift perceptions, overturn clichés, and incorporate authentic images of women into media and advertising. Photos from the collection have been licensed in over 65 countries, including Qatar, Kuwait and Korea, with global sales doubling in just the first year.

Evgenia Arbugaeva was born in 1985 in the town of Tiksi, located in the Russian Arctic. She is a 2009 graduate of ICP’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program and since then has been working as a freelance photographer. In her personal work, she often looks to her homeland—the Arctic, discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them. Arbugaeva was a recipient of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant, and was selected as one of the PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Le Monde, and National Geographic, among others.

ABOUT ICP

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational facilities and archive. Visit www.icp.org for more information.

ICP PRESENTS “AN EVENING WITH GRACIELA ITURBIDE”

Lecture with renowned Mexican photographer

Friday, May 1, 7:00 – 8:00pm

WHAT:                                 Please join the International Center of Photography for “An Evening with Graciela Iturbide.” During her lecture, Iturbide will discuss her expansive and prolific career as an artist and photographer. Iturbide is also the recipient of this year’s Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Infinity Award.

WHO:                                   Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City. In 1969, at the age of 27, she enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to become a film director. She was, however, soon drawn to the art of still photography. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at museums in Mexico, the United States, and Europe and books of her work have been published internationally.

Iturbide is the recipient of numerous prizes including W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award; the grand prize for the Mois de la Photographie in Paris; the Hugo Erfurth Award in Leverkusen, Germany; the International Grand Prize in Hokkaido, Japan; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Award from the City of Arles, France; the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Hasselblad Award; and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City.

In 2014, the National Council of the Arts in Mexico organized National Homage for her achievements in photography, which was accompanied by an academic degree at the Academy of the Arts.

WHEN:                                 Friday, May 1, 2015, from 7:00 – 8:00pm

WHERE:                               School at ICP

Seminar B/ Shooting Studio

1114 Avenue of the Americas (at 43rd Street)

ADMISSION:                      $15 General Admission / $10 Students & ICP Members

To purchase tickets, please visit: http://icp.ticketleap.com/graciela-iturbide/details