ICP Infinity Awards Celebrate Achievements in Photography
The International Center for Photography held their 2016 Infinity Awards gala this week, and we were thrilled to celebrate outstanding achievements in photography and rub elbows with the likes of Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of W Stefano Tonchi, and others.
2016 Infinity Award recipients included famed fashion photographer David Bailey, who received a Lifetime Achievement award, Matthew Connors for his artist book Fire in Cairo, Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth, who received an Online Platform and New Media award for Network Effect, Zanele Muholi for Documentary and Photojournalism, Susan Schuppli for Critical Writing and Research, Artur Walther, who received a Trustee Award for The Walther Collection, and Walid Raad for Art photography.
We caught up with Matthew Connors over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to ask him about his amazing artist book Fire in Cairo, a work that emerged from his time in Egypt in 2011 during the political turmoil that gripped Tahrir Square in an uprising to overthrow Hosni Mubarak.
“The experience of witnessing the state actively trying to kill its citizens was one of the more intense experiences of my life, and it really opened my eyes to how fragile the coalition for assistance is and the ways in which states can have control over our bodies,” Matthew Connors
Fire in Cairo radiates with that intensity, with vibrant colors and detailed textures juxtaposed with moments of softness and simplicity. A lovely lady in a hijab donning a cluncky statement necklace on the streets of Cairo. A set of palms silhouetted in morning mist. Fire exploding from the night sky. Fire in Cairo is a visual representation of the volatility of revolution.
Equally impressive were the achievements of some of the other honorees. In particular, David Bailey’s notable work with British Vogue earned him a standing ovation as he took to the stage. He confessed that he “was not particularly interested in photography,” but was “always looking for the accident,” which is the “secret to creativity.”
Ultimately, the International Center for Photography’s 2016 Infinity Awards raised more than $1.4M, with a whopping $165K raised in just seven minutes via their auction, all in support of ICP efforts.
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