Leibovitz Honored Instead of Under Fire

At the Royal Photographic Society (RPS)'s Annual Awards Ceremony in London on Nov. 19, Annie Leibovitz will be presented with the Centenary Medal and an Honorary Fellowship. Leibovitz is being recognized for her "outstanding contributions to the art of science and photography". The award comes at a difficult time in Leibovitz's career as she is currently involved in multiple financial litigations against her.

In the past the Society has awarded the Centenary Medal to such distinguished and internationally known photographers as Cornell Capa and Sebastiao Salgado. For Leibovitz the accolade serves to remind both her fans and her detractors of her considerable talent.

Image: American Masters series, Annie Leibovitz - Life Through A Lens

From the RPS press release, new for 2009 is The Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography. This award recognizes major and influential contributions to the advancement of photography and/or imaging in their widest meanings, and its first recipient will be Dewi Lewis of Dewi Lewis Publishing. Mr. Lewis has been an Honorary Fellow of The Society since 2004.

Bryce E Bayer, best known for the Bayer color filter array used in digital cameras, will be awarded this year's Progress Medal with Honorary Fellowship. Honorary Fellowship recipients include Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson CBE, who has photographed 11 American presidents from Eisenhower to Obama; Dorothy Bohm, who is known for her carefully observed photographs of London and Paris; and Paul Graham, who was among the first photographers to unite contemporary color photography with the classic genre of social documentary, and also is the winner of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, 2009.

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See an excellent expose on Leibovitz here.

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