GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY NAMES 2010 FOCUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Presentation and Gala Celebration Slated for Saturday, September 25
WINCHESTER, MA – JULY 7, 2010 – The Griffin Museum of Photography (http://www.griffinmuseum.org/) today announced the recipients of its fifth annual Focus Awards.
The Museum created the annual awards in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography. They are one of the few to recognize the work of those who have been instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.
The prestigious Focus Awards are presented in three categories: The Life Time Achievement Award, given to an individual whose ongoing commitment to photography has created far reaching impact; the Rising Star award given to an emerging force that the photographic community is watching with great enthusiasm; and the New England Beacon, recognizing a local individual whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene. This year’s recipients are: Life Time Achievement – James K. Colton, photography editor, Sport Illustrated; Rising Star – David Bram, founder, Fraction Magazine; and New England Beacon – Alan Taylor, creator, The Big Picture blog, The Boston
“Each year, we continue to be amazed by the caliber of the candidates and it’s always an exciting challenge to determine the final recipients,” said Paula Tognarelli, executive director, Griffin Museum of Photography. “We are thrilled to be in such wonderful company with this year’s awardees, and look forward to a fun celebration in September.”
Colton is currently the photography editor for Sports Illustrated. He began his career in 1972 as the color picture editor for the Associated Press. Five years later he joined Newsweek as a senior photo editor for international news. In 1988, he became executive vice-president and general manager of Sipa Press in New York, before returning to Newsweek in 1992 as the director of photography.
Colton is on the Board of Directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop, and is a mentor for J Camp, a national program that recruits talented high school students of color, sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association. He was presented with the “Golden Career Award” at FotoFusion 2004 by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was named Magazine Picture Editor of the Year in 2008 by the National Press Photographers Association, and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.
Griffin Museum Focus Awards & Gala
Based in Albuquerque, NM, Bram is editor, curator, and founder of the popular and influential Fraction Magazine, now in its sixteenth issue. The goal of the online-only magazine is to provide an alternative to the fixed gallery, and to continually examine the role that photography plays in society. Fraction aims to feature the work of new artists who have yet to get the exposure they deserve, as well as very established artists who are showing off new projects. The magazine tries to show work that fits together, and work that is both strong in concept as well as execution. It also often includes guest curators and writers such as Melanie McWhorter, Mary Goodwin, and Larissa Leclair.
Web developer Alan Taylor created the photo blog The Big Picture for The Boston Globe/Boston.com. He’s responsible for researching, designing, programming, and editing the three-day a week blog, which launched in 2008 to fantastic success. In its first 20 days of existence, The Big Picture reached almost 1.5 million page views and garnered more than 1,500 comments for just 20 entries.
Inspired by publications like LIFE magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com's Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm's MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories, and just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting. The majority of images come from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Getty Images. Other photos come from public domain sources like NASA, and private photographers who share them with The Big Picture for one-time use.
Taylor has been a web developer for more than ten years. Prior to The Boston Globe he worked for a number of large Internet companies, including Amazon.com, drugstore.com, Monster.com, and msnbc.com.
BeExposed – Awards Presentation and Celebration
The Focus Awards will be presented on Saturday, September 25, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Winchester Town Hall, 71 Mt. Vernon Street. The master of ceremonies is photographer Lou Jones.
Immediately following the awards from 7:00-10:00 p.m. is the Annual Gala fundraiser at the Museum, 67 Shore Road. Guests can celebrate and mingle with the recipients, enjoy live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, bid on the silent auction, and get their pictures taken in a photo booth.
Tickets for both events can be purchased by calling 781-729-1158.
Griffin Museum Focus Awards & Gala
Arthur Griffin and the Griffin Museum of Photography
Arthur Griffin was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on September 12, 1903. Originally trained to be an illustrator, in 1929 he picked up his first camera—a second-hand folding Brownie—and thus began a passion that would last a lifetime. By the mid-1930’s, Arthur Griffin had become the exclusive photographer for the newly created Boston Globe Rotogravure Magazine and the New England photojournalist for Life and Time magazines. He went on to become a pioneer in the use of color film and provided the first color photographs to appear in the Saturday Evening Post—a two-page layout on New England.
Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum is the embodiment of founder Arthur Griffin’s passion—to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact. Arthur’s goal was to share with visitors his enthusiasm for a medium that is diverse, imaginative, and informative. We are committed to continuing to encourage Arthur’s vision through the works we exhibit, the programs we offer, the artists we encourage, and through Arthur’s own work which we proudly display. The Griffin Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exhibition of photographic arts, as well as four satellite galleries—Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theater (Stoneham, MA); The Griffin Museum at The Aberjona River Gallery (Winchester, MA); The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging (Belmont, MA); and The Griffin Museum at The Cambridge Homes (Cambridge, MA).
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Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, 781-729-1158
Lisa Colli, Gala Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org