International Photography Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees
It’s a picture-perfect world for the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. The organization is commemorating five decades of recognizing the achievements of the inventors, pioneers and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography.
On Aug. 19, in a ceremony that coincided with World Photography Day, this institution of imagery announced the names of eight photographers and industry visionaries selected for inclusion in their Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of luminaries honored to 79.
The chosen recipients each embody the spirit, artistry and innovation of the medium. Those chosen for induction this year are documentary filmmaker and PBS icon Ken Burns, Apple founder and tech pioneer Steve Jobs, Adobe Photoshop co-creators John and Thomas Kroll, prolific portrait artist Annie Leibovitz, photojournalist/documentarian Sebastião Salgado and Ernst Haas, whose legacy includes pioneering the use of color in photography. Also included is Graham Nash, who is as well known for his digital art and photography as for his music.
Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF commented on the class of 2016: “This year’s inductees represent the perfect combination of innovation and artistry; bridging photography’s pioneering past with its fantastic future.”
Wente also explained the Hall of Fame selection process. She says, “Inductees are selected by a nominating committee made up of IPHF representatives and distinguished leaders in the photography industry. To be eligible, inductees must have made a notable contribution to the art or science of photography, having a significant impact on the photography inductor and/or history of photography.”
She also provided a snapshot of the institutions’ plans, moving forward, for honoring these innovators. “Each Hall of Fame Inductee has an Induction Panel and IPHF rotates these panels throughout the year. Starting with the 2016 Induction, each recipient present, past and future, will receive a Medallion created by Adam Foster Design.” She also noted that the IPHF plans to induct photographers annually from 2016 going forward.
The picture of health, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is thinking about the big picture as the nonprofit begins to plan for the future. Focused on continuing their mission of education and appreciation of photography, the organization is planning to develop a Virtual Education Center, which will share photographic lectures and workshops online.
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum opened in St. Louis in 2013 after relocating from Oklahoma City. It’s currently located at 3415 Olive Street in Grand Center where it is utilizes 6,000-square-feet of gallery and exhibition space. Its collection boasts over 5,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images, representing over 500 artists.
The announcement is just the first step in a planned yearlong synthesis of the past and present. Other IPHF programming includes a collaboration with the World Photography Day organization whereby one inductee will be featured on their blog every week. Local festivities will culminate with 2016 The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and 50th Anniversary Celebration event on October 28, 2016.
Top photo by Julian Santa Ana.