Rogers joins nine others as they join the IPHF
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) has announced that it will award Kenny Rogers with the 2017 IPHF LIfetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the organization. The award will be presented during the 2017 Awards and Induction Event on Friday, November 17th in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.
Rogers may be best known as a singer, songwriter and actor, but he’s also a photographer. The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography.
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,” says 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.”
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.
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.