Nine photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame, including:
- Harry Benson, iconic portrait photographer
- Ernest H. Brooks II, black-and-white underwater photographer
- Edward Curtis, photographer of the American West and the North American Indian
- William Eggleston, pioneer of color photography
- Anne Geddes, portrait and infant photographer
- Ryszard Horowitz, pre-digital special effects photographer
- James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer
- Cindy Sherman, conceptual portrait photographer
- Jerry Uelsmann, photomontage photographer
A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.
“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”
In addition to honoring the 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement award winner, the IPHF will be honoring the late Ken Whitmire, former IPHF board member, for his many contributions to the Museum and for his passion and commitment to photography.
For more than 50 years, the IPHF has been and remains the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors significant contributors to the artistic craft and science of photography. The 2017 cohort of awardees and inductees join 79 other artists and innovators, including: Steve Jobs, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 in St. Louis.
In addition to their commitment to the Photography Hall of Fame, the IPHF strives to educate the public about photographic history and to collect, exhibit, and preserve historical items and images. IPHF’s impressive permanent collection contains works from more than 500 artists, nearly 5,000 historical cameras, and more than 30,000 photographs. The IPHF is located in the Grand Center Arts District at 3415 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri, 63103.
More information on the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum and bios on the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2017 Photography Hall of Fame inductees can be found at www.iphf.org.
SPONSORS FOR THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION INCLUDE:
Collins and Hermann, Emerson, Steward Family Foundation, PNC Bank, Dick Miles and Pat Whitaker, Ameren, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Anna Harris, PBS, Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Lawrence Group, Sigma Photo, Centene, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and H&H Color Lab.