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2012 Focus Awards

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The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography.

The awards this year celebrate five people and organizations instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.

The Focus Awards have been presented in the following categories:

  • The Lifetime 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.
  • The New England Beacon Award
    Given to a local individual whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene.
  • The Spotlight Award
    Given to an entity that consistently shines a light on photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field.
  • The Scribe Award
    Given for excellence in writing on the subject of photographic arts.
  • The Quicksilver Award
  • Given to an individual who has made significant advances in using and exploring new technologies, as well as innovative approaches to photography utilizing nontraditional ways to showcase photography as an ever changing media.

2012 Award Winners

Life Time Achievement Rising Star New England Beacon Spotlight Quicksilver
Eelco Wolf Aline Smithson Stephen Jareckie Rixon Reed Keith Jenkins
Henry Horenstrin

Henry Horenstein will present the award to Eelco Wolf

Eelco Wolf, was in charge of Worldwide Marketing Communications for the Polaroid's Corporation as well as Executive Director of Magnum Photos Worldwide, currently a member of the Photography Collection Committee of the Harvard Art Museums

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole will present the award to Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson, began her career as a fashion editor and is now a widely published and exhibited photographer, educator and blogger

Kristina Durocher

Kristina Durocher will present the award to Stephen Jareckie

Stephen Jareckie, is currently the Photographic Advisor for the Fitchburg Art Museum and Curator of Photography Emeritus for the Worcester Art Museum

Christa Dix

Crista Dix will present the award to Rixon Reed.

Rixon Reed founded photo-eye a blend of Galleries, Auctions, Visual Server, Magazine and Newsletter, and a new venture called the Artist Photo Index.

David Binder

David Binder will present the award to Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins became the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at NPR after a 13 year distinguished career at the Washington Post and Washington Post Magazine

Focus Committee 2012

  • Meg Birnbaum
  • Lisa Colli
  • Doug Cogger
  • Banafsheh Ehtemam
  • Peter Griffin
  • Frances Jakubek
  • Steve Johnson
  • Lou Jones
  • Linda Korpi
  • John Lawler
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Andrea Raynor
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Paula Tognarelli
  • Jim Whitehead

Focus Award Ceremony

Wednesday, June 6th 2012
Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston's luxury waterfront hotel, off Commercial Ave, on Battery Wharf (Plenty of available parking nearby) [MAP]
7pm - reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
8pm - awards presentation, photographer Lou Jones Master of Ceremonies
9pm - special preview of Flash Forward Exhibition. View North America's and United Kingdom's most innovative emerging photographers

Why Sponsor the Focus Awards

  • The Griffin Museum, based in Greater Boston, is a nationally and internationally recognized exhibitor of vintage and contemporary photography, community educator and vital resource for emerging artists, photojournalists and seasoned photography professionals alike. The Museum is fast becoming the central photo-cultural force in Boston.
  • Attracting increasingly large and loyal audiences through its network of seven galleries and 58 exhibitions in Greater Boston last year, the Griffin Museum is at the cusp of cultural and artistic innovation in photography.
  • The Griffin Museum is advancing photography as a prominent feature in people’s lives, whether they are people with financial capacity, professional and a vocational photographers, emerging artists, older local residents, or city and suburban kids with a camera in their hand and a gleam in their eye.
  • The Annual Focus Awards is now a national event, awarding honors to curators, educators, photo editors, historians, writers and others who have significantly elevated the photographic medium. Past awardees have made a profound impact in photography today.
  • The Focus Awards this year will be held at Fairmont Battery Wharf waterfront hotel.
  • The Griffin Museum will promote this event with marketing, PR, and social media as well as through its extensive formal and informal network of members, corporate partners, donors and museum visitors.

Sponsorship Levels

Supporter $500

  • Your name and logo on the event program and sponsor signage
  • Your name announced as a sponsor at the event
  • Your company listed as a preferred vendor for Griffin Museum events
  • Tickets for two to the Focus Awards
Donor $1000
All of the above benefits, plus
  • Your name and logo appear on the Griffin Museum email blasts prior to the event
  • Your name and logo appear in the projected loop running at the event
  • Banner advertisement on Griffin Museum website
  • Recognition on all Griffin Museum social network sites
Patron $1500
All of the above benefits, plus
  • The option to show a three minute video about your organization can be run at the event
Benefactor $2500
All of the above benefits, plus
  • Arthur Griffin color print of Ted Williams


Past Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Alison Nordstrom, Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York (2011)
James Colton, Photography Editor, Sports Illustrated (2010)
Eliane Laffont, Editorial Director, Hachette Filipacchi Media (2009)
Deborah Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, Curator, Author, Educator, Historian, and Photographer (2008)
Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine (2007)
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2006)

Rising Star Award
Eileen Gittins, founder, president, and CEO of Blurb Books (2011)
David Bram, Founder, Fraction magazine (2010)
Rob Haggart, Founder, A Photo Editor, www.aphotoeditor.com (2009)
Jen Bekman, Founder and Owner, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York (2008)
Sara Terry, Founder, The Aftermath Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping photojournalists document the aftermath of conflict (2007)
Brian Clamp, Owner, ClampArt, New York (2006)

New England Beacon Award
Susan Mosser, has organized photographic programming for single events, all day seminars, and larger, multiple day conferences throughout New England and the U.S. for more than 30 years (2011).
Alan Taylor, Founder, The Big Picture (Boston.com) (2010)
Rosalind Smith, Freelance Photography Writer (2009)
Henry Horenstein, Photographer, Author and Educator (2008)
Clifford Ackley, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings and Chair of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the MFA, Boston (2007)
Barbara Hitchcock, Cultural Affairs Director, Polaroid Corporation and Curator, Polaroid Collection (2006)

Spotlight Award
Modern Postcard, commercial printer (2009)
Nikon, world leader in digital imaging, precision optics, and photo imaging technology (2008)
Photo District News magazine (2007)

Scribe Award
Russell Hart, Executive Editor, American Photo magazine and Editor, American Photo on Campus magazine (2009)

Living Legend Award
Harold Feinstein, This tribute honors Harold Feinstein's sixty five year career in photography (2011).

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