The 33rd edition of the annual ICP Infinity Awards, once of the leading honours in the field of photography, will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in visual culture. The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, this year presents a lifetime achievement award to Harry Benson, while also honouring a broad spectrum of famous names and rising talents.
Multi-award-winning Scottish photojournalist Benson came to America with the Beatles in 1964 and never looked back. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement; photographed the Watts Riots; was embedded in the Gulf War; was next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated; and has photographed the last 12 US presidents from Eisenhower to Trump, as well as countless luminaries including Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Kate Moss, and the British royal family, including a private sitting with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace. Recently, the documentary Harry Benson: Shoot First (Magnolia Pictures, December 2016), which chronicles his 65-year career, was released to five-star reviews.
Joining him on the list of prize recipients are: Art: Sophie Calle; Artist’s Book: Michael Christopher Brown for Libyan Sugar (Twin Palms, 2016); Critical Writing and Research: Vision & Justice, Aperture (no. 223, summer 2016), Michael Famighetti, Editor; Sarah Lewis, Guest Editor; Documentary and Photojournalism: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, for Negative Publicity; Emerging Photographer: Vasantha Yogananthan; Online Platform and New Media: For Freedom.
They join an illustrious roll call of major contributors to the worlds of photography and photojournalism to have been honoured by the ICP Infinity Awards over the years, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Annie Leibovitz and Ai Weiwei.
ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell said: “Throughout our history, the International Center of Photography has been dedicated to the idea that images are powerful tools for communication and understanding, and a force for social change. And, every year, we present the Infinity Awards to acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world.”
ICP Infinity Awards; The International Center of Photography, New York, 24 April. For more information: www.icp.or
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