ICP Infinity Awards

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The International Center of Photography recognized the achievements of talents ranging from 26-year-old photographer Tomoko Sawada to pioneer of color photography William Eggleston, at its 20th annual Infinity Awards event in New York last month. Among the other honorees were Simon Norfolk, who was recognized in the Photojournalism category; Alison Jackson, for Applied Photography; Fiona Tan (Art); and Susan Sontag (Writing). Diane Arbus: Revelations was cited for the Publications prize. The ICP's Cornell Capa Infinity Award was given to Czech-born Josef Koudelka, known for his photo documentation of Eastern Europe, including the famed late '60s photographs of the Soviet takeover of Prague. Eggleston received the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award. Eggleston, born in 1939 in Tennessee, became known in the '70s for innovative use of color in photographs and was the first photographer to show color work at the Museum of Modern Art.

Japanese born Sawada copped the Young Photographer prize with her studies of identity and image manipulation. In the series "ID-400," Sawaka took photo booth pictures of herself as 400 different characters, each achieved through changes in the artist's physical appearance-weight, hairstyle, expression and dress. The "Omiai" series similarly depicts the photographer in different guises, this time as a commentary on the Japanese tradition of arranged marriages. For the series, Sawada was photographed in 30 different outfits, ranging from variations on the traditional kimono to business suit, in a portrait studio, in the manner of a traditional Japanese prospective bride.

British artist Alison Jackson is known for provocative trompe l'oeil "celebrity" photos created using lookalike models rather than digital manipulation. A famous Jackson photo, exhibited after Princess Diana's death has the late Lady Di and partner Dodi Al Fayed snuggling an imagined offspring. More topically, Jackson has created scenes featuring Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden enjoying a night of booze and strippers, and Dubya and partner in crime Tony Blair sharing a relaxing steam and a secret.

Norfolk is known for capturing war-ravaged landscapes and environments; recent work includes photo documentation of refugee camps in Chad, Pakistan and Bosnia. His book, Afghanistan: Chronotopia, won the European Publishers Award for photography in 2002.

Susan Sontag, author of the renowned On Photography, was cited for her most recent study of the medium, Regarding the Pain of Others, which examines the impact of photographed images on viewers.

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