International Center of Photography Honors Jeff Bridges and Other Luminaries

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | 05.01.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media The International Center of Photography (ICP) welcomed supporters to its 29th Annual Infinity Awards on May 1st at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers. The Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by both seasoned professionals with distinguished careers and emerging luminaries. The Awards are ICP’s primary fund-raising event, supporting the full range of its programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach. This year's event drew a mixture of collectors, philanthropists, photographers, artists, writers, media, and other professionals. The program included a special presentation to Academy Award-winning actor and photographer, Jeff Bridges (shown left).

Recipients of the 2013 ICP Infinity Awards comprised a diverse group of talented photographers. Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, David Goldblatt, has devoted all of his time to photography since the early 1960s. In 1989 he founded the Market Photo Workshop to teach photography to Johannesburg youth, especially those disadvantaged by apartheid. In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. His retrospective exhibition showed in Barcelona in 2001, and traveled to New York, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich, and Johannesburg. His work has been collected by the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and MoMA. He received the Hasselblad Award, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and was a Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement honoree.

The ICP Trustees Award went to founding staff member, Patricia Schoenfeld, who was instrumental in developing the organization into what it is today. A native New Yorker and accomplished ceramics artist, Ms. Schoenfeld launched the ICP book store and publications department, the membership and intern programs, and assisted with public relations and corporate memberships.

International documentary and fine art photographer, Kitra Cahana, received ICP's Young Photographer Award. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Ms. Cahana immerses herself in communities around the world and has documented such groups as Texas high school teens, Venezuelan cult members, and nomadic American youth. Her work has appeared on the covers of National Geographic and The New York Times.

ICP's Art Award went to Manchester photographer, Mishka Henner, whose work redefines the role of photography in the internet age. His work has been collected by the Tate, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston; and has appeared in TIME magazine, The New York Times, the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, and Source.

London-based documentary photographer and artist, Cristina de Middel, was the recipient of the Publication Award for her book, The Afronauts (May, 2012). The work documents Zambia's abandoned 1964 initiative to begin a space program, against a backdrop of wars, violence, droughts, and famine.

ICP honored American photographer, David Guttenfelder, with its 2013 Photojournalism Award. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Guttenfelder has spent his entire career working and living abroad and is currently the Chief Asia Photographer for the Associated Press. He has gained unprecedented access to parts of North Korea where he has photographed the lives of everyday citizens. Mr. Guttenfelder has won several World Press Awards, Overseas Press Club Awards, the Olivier Rebbot Award, and the Feature Photography Award.

The Applied/Fashion/Advertising Award went to New York photographer/filmmaker, Erik Madigan Heck, whose work explores the intersections among fashion, painting, and classical portraiture. Mr. Heck's clients include BMW, Levi’s, Eres, Neiman Marcus, and many high profile designers. His work has been shown in Vanity Fair, W, The New York Times, TIME, and The New Yorker.

Six-time Academy Award nominee, Jeff Bridges, was honored by ICP with a special presentation. Recognized by the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild, Mr. Bridges documents behind-the-scenes activities of the actors, crew and locations on his film sets and compiles them into books which have become collectors items. Though not originally intended for public sale, his critically acclaimed Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges was published in 2006 by PowerHouse Books and his second monograph, Jeff Bridges: Portraits, will be published by Chronicle Books in 2014.

The International Center of Photography, now located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, was founded in 1974 by noted photojournalist Cornell Capa. The ICP is both a museum and one of the largest schools of photography in the world, offering workshops, seminars, symposia, certificate and degree programs, and continuing education. ICP has presented more than 500 exhibitions, featuring more than 3,000 photographers/artists, spanning a full range of genres and techniques. With a collection that contains in excess of 150,000 original prints covering the history of photography; 18,000 books; biographic files on photographers; and current and back issues of magazines and journals, ICP is an invaluable resource for students, educators, photographers, collectors, and art lovers.

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