2009 May 13

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Annie Leibowitz and Iman Annie Leibowitz and Iman
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(NEW YORK) Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers was transformed into a full-scale photographer’s dream Tuesday night at the International Center of Photography’s 25th annual Infinity Awards. Revered photogs Craig McDean and Tim Walker mingled over cocktails, partygoers browsed work on display by the likes of Rinko Kawauchi and Letizia Battaglia...and Annie Leibovitz, the ICP’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, greeted old friends and fans alike like Iman, Francisco Costa, Stefano Tonchi, Gilles Mendel, Gloria Steinem, and Mark Badgely and James Mischka.

“Annie’s obviously a Condé Nast contract photographer,” admitted Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey, who was surrounded by Voguettes like Virginia Smith and Alexandra Kotur and Vanity Fair’s David Friend, “but I’m a huge fan of her work, and I really think she deserves this award this evening!” Bailey named her favorite Leibovitz snap as her famous shot of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “The joy of working at Bazaar is that you get to work with all the great masters, whether it be Hiro [Yasuhiro Wakabayashi] or Peter Lindbergh--and then what’s so fabulous is that we have the opportunity to work with young talent as well. Tomorrow we’re working with Lachlan Bailey, which is really exciting for us. I think he’s another great talent.”

Brian Reyes also has his eye on a few young photographers. “I’m working with a few photographers that are up-and-coming,” he said. “From photographing graffiti to photographing things that are in fashion, I actually have a few of them on my radar that are really, really talented.” As far as the night’s honoree, the designer may not have had the chance to work with Leibovitz--but like all of the night’s attendees, he was thrilled to see her recognized. “I love the Vanity Fair work that she does,” he said. “I think it’s fantastic. I love to see those beautiful portraits of actresses, and the ones of many of them sitting together. That’s always fun to see.”


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