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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bad, Bad Hair Day

Funny story. At the International Center for Photography's 25th Annual Infinity Awards last night, when Annie Leibovitz went onstage to collect her Lifetime Achievement Award from presenter Gloria Steinem, she opened with an anecdote about shooting Lily Tomlin for the cover of feminist magazine Ms., recalling how she'd pulled hair out of her brush and put it in Tomlin's armpit. The editorial board at the time didn't appreciate the visual commentary on feminism and pulled the image, but last night everyone was laughing. So there.

By the way, the award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography went to Tim Walker, the UK-based photog who's worked for everyone from British and Italian Vogue to Vanity Fair and Dover Street Market. Interestingly, Walker used to assist Richard Avedon, who's the subject of the ICP's next show, Avedon Fashion, launching tomorrow night and open to the public on Friday. Go, because you can never have enough Avedon in your life. (Also read our Q&A with ICP co-curator Vince Aletti last month)...

Gloria Steinem & Annie Leibovitz

by Tim Walker

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