EVENT: The 33rdh Annual Infinity Awards
WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2017, 6 PM (cocktails) / 7 PM (dinner and ceremony)
WHERE: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City
The 2017 Infinity Awards drew 500+ attendees from the worlds of art, business, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, and photography, and raised $1.3 million for ICP’s exhibitions and educational programs including its youth-focused community programs.
The evening was a celebration of achievements in photography and visual culture. On hand to accept their 2017 Infinity Award were: Harry Benson (Lifetime Achievement); Sophie Calle (Art); Michael Christopher Brown (Artist’s Book); Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis (Critical Writing and Research); Edmund Clark and Crofton Black (Documentary and Photojournalism); Vasantha Yogananthan (Emerging Photographer); and For Freedoms, an artist SuperPAC composed of Hank Willis Thomas, Wyatt Gallery, Dena Muller, Michelle Woo, and Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels (Online Platform and New Media).
Others VIPs in attendance included event co-chairs Michael A. Clinton and Judith Bookbinder—both from Hearst, and Marjorie Rosen; Dan Rather (iconic newscaster); Tommy Lee Jones (actor) and Dawn Laurel-Jones (photographer); Laurie Anderson (artist/singer); Sade Baderinwa (local TV anchor); Zoë Buckman (artist); Anya Ayoung-Chee (fashion designer/model); Elliott Erwitt (photographer); Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar); Ivan Bart (president, IMG Models); Matthew Blank (Chairman, Showtime); Teju Cole (writer/photographer); Paula Cooper (gallerist); Gillian Laub (film director); Dominique Levy (gallerist); Gilles Peress (photographer); Yancey Richardson (gallerist); Jeffrey Rosen (ICP Board President/Managing Director, Lazard); Mark Seliger (photographer); Liz Smith (noted gossip columnist); Etheleen Staley (gallerist); Stefano Tonchi (Editor-in-Chief, WWD); Deborah Willis (artist); and philanthropists Caryl Englander (ICP Board Chair); Renee Harbers Liddell (ICP Board EVP); Elizabeth and William Kahane; Wendy Benson-Landes; Bob Nederlander; Pat Schoenfeld; Taryn Simon and Jake Paltrow; Merryl and James Tisch; and Heather and Bill Vrattos.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Visit icp.org/concerned to learn more.