The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced its annual Infinity Award winners. While the honorees utilize a wide range of image-making tools, from drones to Rolleiflex cameras, they are united often by their commitment to social change. The winners will be honored at a gala — ICP’s biggest fundraiser — on April 30 at Manhattan’s Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers.
Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide has been awarded the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award for her black and white photographs that frequently shed light on the lives of Mexicans, particularly its indigenous people — the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Seri.
Iturbide shares the honor with the American photographer Larry Fink, best known for his 1970s book, “Social Graces,” which pairs pictures of Manhattan’s about-town social elite with small-town, agrarian Pennsylvanians; he has called the work a “Marxist statement.”
For the new media award, Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair, and Jesse Williams have been recognized for “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a timely project that facilitates conversations with African American males across the United States.
Similarly, LaToya Ruby Frazier focuses her lens on the marginalized black residents of her hometown outside Pittsburgh in her 2014 “The Notion of Family”; the book has earned her ICP’s publication award.
Tomas van Houtryve has been recognized for his contribution to photojournalism. He started his career at the Associated Press in Latin America, covering Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and then tracking down the families of some of the inmates in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Most recently, he has published “Blue Sky Days,” capturing a drone’s view of America.
Fashion photographer Mario Testino will be honored with a special presentation for his work that has appeared in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair.
Evgenia Arbugaeva, born in 1985, has been awarded the young photographer prize for her documentary work that often tells stories of far-flung individuals living across the Arctic.
ICP’s trustee award will go to The Lean In Collection, a collaboration between Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org, which licenses relatable imagery of girls and women to corporations for advertising purposes.
Past winners of the Infinity Awards include foundational artists, from Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Frank to Daidō Moriyama, James Nachtwey, and Ai Weiwei.
— Noelle Bodick (@nbodick)
(Photo: Graciela Iturbide’s “Mujer Ángel” via blog.enfoco.org)