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July 31 2014

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Awards Worth A Couple Thousand Words, At Least

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“The art of telling a story cannot be done better than it is with a picture,” said lensman Mark Seliger (pictured) last night at the International Center of Photography’s 26th annual Infinity Awards. His tablemates—Ingrid Sischy, Craig McDean, and Calvin Klein (that last no stranger to telling a fashion story, often sans clothes, in the medium)—would likely agree. When Seliger first moved to New York, he went on, he volunteered at the Center in exchange for darkroom time, and the debt runs deep. “Giving back to the ICP is important because the act of documenting what is going on—which is so crazy—is so important!” Rising star Alexi Lubomirski agreed, adding that photography has an immediacy that other mediums lack. As a “frustrated artist,” he finds that “when you paint a painting, it takes three months before you know if it’s good or not. With photography, it is instantaneous! Though,” he went on to add ruefully, “that can be a bad thing…”

The awards this year passed over fashion-centric photogs, but the style set was still well represented—not only by Klein, McDean, and Sischy, but designers Jay Kos, Gaby Basora, and W‘s Stefano Tonchi, too. The awards themselves were presented to, among others, Luc Sante, for his writings on photography; to photojournalist Reza for his gritty wartime captures in Afghanistan; to artist Lorna Simpson; and to Raphaël Dallaporta, who nabbed the Young Photographer Award. Duly collected, it was time for a stylish exit. In the words of Danielle Levitt, who’s shot for The New York Times Magazine, Arena Homme Plus, and Details, “This was amazing! Now it’s time I beat some people to my cab.”

Photo: Stephanie Badini

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