14th Annual Lucie Awards

The 2016 Lucies, the world’s most esteemed photography awards, go to Graham Nash, Simon Bruty, Don McCullin, Tsuneko Sasamoto, and more.

14th Annual Lucie Awards

New York hosted the 14th Annual Lucie Awards in a gala black-tie ceremony and awards program held at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 23, 2016.

The Lucies – the world’s most esteemed photography awards ceremony honoring the greatest achievements in the field - presented awards ranging from Achievement in Fine Art and Documentary, to Achievements in industry support categories, including Photojournalism and Advertising.

The impressive list of winners are:

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Graham Nash, Double Exposure from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Graham Nash received the Double Exposure award presented by Elliott Landy, photographer known for his portraits of Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and others. He was also the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

While continually building his musical legacy, Mr. Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. With his photography Mr. Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal, an honorary doctorate of humane letters, and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award.

His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash while he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009). Mr. Nash has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His company Nash Editions’ original IRIS 3047 digital printer and one of its first published works—Mr. Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby— is now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world. His new studio album This Path Tonight was released April 15, 2016, to rave reviews.

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Tsuneko Sasamoto, Lifetime Achievement from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Tsuneko Sasamoto received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented and accepted by Miriam Romais, photographer and Marketing and Strategic Development Advisor, The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Tsuneko Sasamoto has been in the field of photography for more than 75 years. Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1914, her career in photography began at the age of 25 when Kenichi Hayashi suggested her to be the first Japanese woman photojournalist. That year she took pictures of Burmese dignitaries; the Japan-America Student Conference; the Tripartite Pact Women’s Society between Japan, Germany, and Italy; and Hitler Youth. In 1950 the Japan Professional Photographers Society was established and she became one of the founding members.

In 1960, 20 years into her career, the campaign against the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty occurred. In 1968 Ms. Sasamoto visited Europe for the first time, and from there on she traveled to various countries all over the world. Ms. Sasamoto’s lifetime work has been focused on taking pictures of independent-minded women who have struggled through the hard times of the Meiji Era, when women did not have much freedom or much choice in life.

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Simon Bruty, Achievement in Sports from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Simon Bruty for Achievement in Sports, presented by Steve Fine (Picture Editor at Flipboard, Inc. and former Director of Photography, Sports Illustrated)

Preparation or luck? Simon Bruty often asks himself this question when he makes a good photograph, whether he is at a local kids soccer game or the end zone at an NFL game. Thirty years ago he joined Allsport, a boutique sports agency based in London and Santa Monica, where he learned from some of the best photographers in Britain. It was there he made the “rugby punch” picture at a local rugby game that would launch his career by being chosen as a year-end picture in Sports Illustrated in 1989. Assignments quickly followed: Grand Slam tennis, every Olympic Games since Seoul, Zambian soccer, World Cup soccer, Ryder Cup golf, golf in Greenland, the NFL season, and on and on. Mr. Bruty was an original member of  The European, a full-color weekly newspaper. In 1994 Mr. Bruty moved to the United States to cover the World Cup tournament that year. In 1998 he accepted a staff position with Sports Illustrated where he honed his portraiture skills and his documentarian approach. Michael Phelps has been a frequent subject, from the depths of the Baltimore Aquarium to the infamous portrait of Phelps with his record-breaking eight gold medals. Along with his 82 Sports Illustrated covers, Mr. Bruty has earned awards from the World Press Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, and the International Olympic Committee.

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Anthony Hernandez, Achievement in Fine Art from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Anthony Hernandez for Achievement in Fine Art, presented by artist James Welling.

Anthony Hernandez was born and raised in Los Angeles. Self-taught, he has been exhibiting his work since 1970, and his photographs have been collected by many museums in both the United States and Europe. He hasreceived three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Charles Pratt Memorial Award, the Higashikawa Prize, the DG Bank-Forderpreis Fotografie Award, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and a United States Artist Award. His publications include: Landscapes for the Homeless (Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany, 1995); Landscapes for the Homeless II (the Center for Photography, Paris, 1997); Pictures for Rome (Smart Art Press, 2000); Waiting for Los Angeles (Nazraeli Press, 2002); Everything (Nazraeli Press, 2005); Waiting, Sitting Fishing, and Some Automobiles (Loosestrife Editions, 2007); Anthony Hernandez (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010); L.A. 1971 (Silas Finch, 2014); Rodeo Drive (Mack Books, 2012); Discarded (Nazraeli Press/Amon Carter Museum, 2016); and Beach Pictures 1969/70 (Silas Finch, 2016). In September 2016 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized a retrospective of his work accompanied by a major publication.

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Rosalind Fox Solomon, Achievement in Portraiture from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Rosalind Fox Solomon for Achievement in Portraiture, presented by Sarah Meister, Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Rosalind Fox Solomon travels the world to find her subjects without being commissioned or assigned to do so. She enters closed circles and takes risks in terms of personal experience and artistic practice. Her unflinching gaze at human vulnerability provokes strong emotions. Her work is non-linear, flowing back and forth between the personal and the universal. Whether she is journeying in the southern states, Ireland, Peru, or Poland, her photographs reveal notions of power, survival, faith, and human behavior. The artist’s obsessions and anxieties travel with her as she interprets and photographs social elements wherever she finds herself.

2016 Lucie Awards Honoree: Nathan Lyon, Visionary from Lucie Foundation on Vimeo.

Nathan Lyons posthumously received the Visionary Award presented by Anne Wilkes Tucker, former Curator, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

Nathan Lyons was an integral part of almost every area of photography as photographer, educator, publisher, lecturer, author, and curator for nearly 60 years. He was founding director emeritus, Visual Studies Workshop (1969–2001) and distinguished professor emeritus, SUNY Brockport.

By 1962 Mr. Lyons settled on his preferred methodology and format, wideangle 35 mm hand camera photography and black and white 5 x 7 inch silver gelatin prints, which, by the early 1970s, he would mount in pairs in a single mat for exhibition. Soon he would be organizing extended sequences of images and planning the utilization of the book medium for displaying his work. Assuming a variety of roles resembling sociologist, ethnographer, anthropologist, observer, commentator, poet, essayist, and historian, Mr. Lyons showed us overt and hidden dimensions of material culture and belief systems. The photographs and the books of photographs offer his views of the social world surrounding us in ever closer, intimately tighter encircling realities.

Mr. Lyons’ photographic sequences are a turning point in the possibilities for visual literature. They demonstrate— achieve—an evolution in visual thinking and its expression that attains a density and complexity of allusion. Respect, sometimes admiration, for the dignity and ambiguity of individual voices inscribed on the surface of our world tells us about our world and helps shape our conception of how things are.

Don McCullin; 2016 honoree: achievement in photojournalism


Don McCullin; ©Katherine Jane Wood

Don McCullin was born in Saint Pancras, London, UK, in 1935 and spent his childhood in the derelict area of Finsbury Park. After the death of his father, he left school at the age of 14 and worked at various odd jobs to support himself before being called up for two years of national service in the Royal Air Force as an assistant for aerial photography. His first reportage, on the “Guvnors”—a youth gang in his childhood neighborhood—was published in The Observer in February 1959. In 1961 he photographed in Berlin during the construction of the wall. He produced his first war assignment for The Observer in 1964, covering the civil war in Cyprus. In 1966 he began his 18-year affiliation with The Sunday Times Magazine, covering numerous conflicts and battlefields in the Congo, Biafra (Nigeria), Israel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Bangladesh, Lebanon, El Salvador, and Kurdistan, and becoming one of history’s greatest war photographers.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his acclaimed autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour (1990, 2015), Sleeping With Ghosts (1996), and 2001’s retrospective Don McCullin recently re-edited (all by Jonathan Cape). In more recent years, in addition to his landscape work in Britain published as Open Skies in 1989, and along the Ganges, published as India in 1999, he has focused primarily on the African continent, documenting the AIDS crisis in South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia, and producing in 2005 a book on the “lost tribes” of Ethiopia, Don McCullin in Africa. In 2010 his five-year work on the ruins of the Roman Empire around the Mediterranean basin was published in Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire (all by Jonathan Cape). His most recent opus sums up his career: Irreconcilable Truths is a three-volume boxed set of a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies (War & Reportage; Landscapes, Still Lifes & Travel; and Unreasonable Behaviour) published in 2016 by The English Group, UK.

Mr. McCullin is the winner of numerous awards, including two Premier Awards from the World Press Photo, in 1964 and 1977. In 1992 he became the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and received in 2006 the Cornell Capa Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography, New York.

His photographs are exhibited worldwide with constant acclaim such as the most recent retrospectives presented in Italy in 2012 (Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia); Shaped by War that toured in 2011–12 with the Imperial War Museum (Manchester, London); and in the summer 2016, Looking Beyond the Edge at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France, showcasing his work in England and his landscape images. Mr. McCullin is based in Somerset, England. He has been associated with Contact Press Images since 1995.