St. Louis, MO—In honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF), and World Photo Day, the IPHF announced its 2016 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees. Eight photographers or photography industry visionaries that embody the spirit, artistry and innovation of modern photography were selected:
Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker
Ernst Haas, 20th century professional photographer
Steve Jobs, former Apple Inc. chairman/CEO and technology pioneer
John Knoll, co creator of Adobe Photoshop
Thomas Knoll, cocreator of Adobe Photoshop
Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer
Graham Nash, creator of fine art digital printing, photographer and musician
Sebastião Salgado, documentary photographer and photojournalist
IPHF representatives and leaders in the photography industry selected inductees. To be eligible, inductees must have made a notable contribution to the art or science of photography that has a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography.
“As we look ahead to the next 50 years of the IPHF, we are honored to continue to recognize and also celebrate photographers and industry professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession, helping to shape and define modern photography,” said Patty Wente, executive director of IPHF.
“This year’s inductees represent the perfect combination of innovation and artistry; bridging photography’s pioneering past with its fantastic future.”
Past inductees include Ansel Adams, George Eastman, Edwin Land, Edward Steichen as well as 65 other esteemed professionals.
Inductions will be held at the 50th anniversary celebration on October 28, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. For details, contact Patty Wente at 314-4792698 or at Patty.Wente@iphf.org.
Additionally, leading up to the induction and 50th anniversary celebration, IPHF teamed up with the World Photo Day organization. As a result of this partnership, it will profile one inductee on the organization’s blog each week.
The IPHF and Museum is a nonprofit that celebrates the achievements of the inventors, pioneers as well as pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. In addition, it houses works from more than 500 artists, 6,000 historical cameras and more than 30,000 photographs in its permanent collection. iphf.org
IPHF and Museum 2016 Inductees
An acclaimed American documentary filmmaker, Burns has produced as well as directed The Civil War, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and Jackie Robinson, among others. His next project, scheduled for broadcast on PBS on September 20, 2016, is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Burns’s films incorporate a distinct style of using archival photographs. He pans across and zooms in on them to create a sense of motion that engages viewers. As a result of this style, Apple was prompted to create the “Ken Burns effect” in their iMovie and Final Cut Pro programs.
Haas (1921–1986) is one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century. In the 1950s he began experimenting with Kodachrome color film and as a result went on to become one of the premier, pioneer color photographers of the decade. In 1953, Life featured his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City. It was the first time the magazine published such a large color photo feature. In addition, in 1962 a retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, photographing for such publications as Life, Vogue and Look. Haas continues to be the subject of museum exhibitions as well as publications.
Jobs (1955–2011) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who cofounded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company. Jobs helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone. In less than a decade, the iPhone changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.
Knoll is the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and cocreator of Adobe Photoshop. He also is the sole inventor of Knoll Light Factory, a digital lens flare-generating software. Photoshop is the industry standard in digital photo editing, allowing photographers to digitally alter photo files. John Knoll created Adobe Photoshop along with his brother Thomas. Together the Knoll brothers revolutionized the photography industry and completely changed the way people create and edit images.
An American software engineer, he cocreated Adobe Photoshop with his brother John. Knoll created the first core image-processing routines for Photoshop in 1988. And when his brother saw them, he encouraged Thomas to bundle them into one package. Since licensing Photoshop to Adobe in 1989, Thomas Knoll has continued to work for Adobe, creating updates to Photoshop and related products. His recent work includes the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop, the develop module for Adobe Lightroom and the DNG file format.
Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose bold use of colors and poses has become her trademark style. Leibovitz began her career as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, where she helped define the magazine’s look. She was the first woman to have a show at the National Portrait Gallery when her exhibition was shown in 1991. Some of her notable portraits include Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair and also a portrait series of Queen Elizabeth II.
In addition to his prodigious talent for music, Nash is a renowned photographer, collector and digital imaging pioneer. In the 1980s, Nash began experimenting with digital images but found there was no printer capable of reproducing what he saw on his computer screen. Nash began searching for a printer that was capable of reproducing high-quality images and discovered the IRIS printer. In 1991, he founded Nash Editions, a fine art digital print company. Nash Editions further adapted the IRIS printer to print high-quality digital photography and art prints as large as 3×4 feet. Nash Editions is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of and also accomplishments in fine arts and digital printing. Furthermore, its original IRIS 3047 printer and one of its first published works—Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby—are housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Salgado is a renowned documentary photographer and photojournalist with a deep love for nature while also sensitive to the socio-economic conditions that impact humans. He has traveled to more than 120 countries for his projects. He is perhaps most known for his long-term social documentary projects. Among them are Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world. Additionally, Migrations (2000) is a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural and environmental disaster and population explosion.
Furthermore, his most recent documentary is Genesis (2013). It is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to 30+ countries to rediscover the mountains, deserts, oceans, animals and also peoples, visioned as they must have been at the dawn of creation.
He is also the recipient of numerous awards and the author of eight books.
Kuwait: A Desert On Fire (Taschen) is soon to be published. It documents the battle to extinguish the environmentally devastating oil fires in Kuwait started by fleeing Iraqi forces at the end of the Gulf War.