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Focus Awards

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Press releaseThe Griffin Museum of Photography is pleased to announce that at its forthcoming Focus Awards on Saturday, October 1, it will give a special tribute to photographer Harold Feinstein, honoring his legendary career. It will be presented by Jim Fitts - teacher, lecturer, curator, and noted photographer and mixed media artist.

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In 2006, the Griffin Museum of Photography created the annual Focus Awards, which recognize individuals who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography. These awards are one of the few to recognize the work of those who have been 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
    Recognizes 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 the photographic arts.

2011 Award Winners

Life Time Achievement Rising Star New England Beacon Living Legend
Bill Hunt

W.M. Hunt will present the award to Dr. Nordström

Dr. Alison Nordström, is Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

Joyce Tenneson

Joyce Tenneson will present the award to Ms. Gittins

Eileen Gittins, is Founder, President, and CEO of Blurb.

Barbara Rozavsky

Barbara Rozavsky will present the award to Ms. Mosser

Susan Mosser, is Special Services VP of the New England Camera Club Council

Jimm Fitts

Jim Fitts will present the award to Harold Feinstein.

We are honoring Harold Feinstein for his sixty year career as a photographer.

Focus Comittee 2011

  • Meg Birnbaum
  • Chris Boot
  • MaryAnn Camilleri
  • Doug Cogger
  • Lisa Colli
  • Abbie Culhane
  • Steve Dunwell
  • Banafsheh Ehtemam
  • Peter Griffin
  • Kirsten Healey
  • Nicole Henning
  • Henry Horenstein
  • Frances Jakubek
  • Stella Johnson
  • Steve Johnson
  • Lou Jones
  • Linda Korpi
  • Dave Kronberg
  • Jason Landry
  • Larissa Leclair
  • John Lawler
  • Trish McCarthy
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Andrea Raynor
  • Jay Schadler
  • Frank Siteman
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Kathy Tarantola
  • Paula Tognarelli
  • Jim Whitehead
  • Tamara Wickramasinghe

Focus 2011 Sponsors

Boston Globe

East Meets West

Exchange  Conference Center


Focus 2011 Donors

  • $1-$99
  • Kathleen Black
  • Geoff and Shannon Curtis
  • Antony Decaneas
  • Lou Gentile
  • Jean Marie Hogdin
  • Steve Johnson
  • Therese Landry
  • Margy and Bob McIndoe
  • Karen Riley
  • Virginia S. White
  • E. James Whitehead
  • $100 -$250
  • Peter Griffin
  • Barbara Hitchcock
  • Cindy Stone and David Kronberg
  • John McConnell
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Tom Sevigny
  • Martha and Atsuyoshi Takayama
  • $251 - $500
  • Anonymous
  • Cassandra Goldwater
  • Allan Rodgers
  • John and Peggy Roll
  • Melissa and Gentry Thatcher
  • Stephanie Smith and Shyam Jajodia
  • Betsey Spiller
  • Carl and Pam Boerner
  • $501 - $1000
  • Anonymous
  • Abbie Culhane
  • Banafsheh Ehtemam
  • Lee Griffin
  • Carolyn Harder
  • Martha and William Hood
  • Nancy McMahon and Frank Jackson
  • Linda and Jack Korpi
  • Jack Korpi
  • Molly Nye
  • Gail and Richard O'Reilly
  • Simon Family Philanthropic Foundation
  • $5000 and above
  • Griffin Family Foundation

Focus Award Ceremony

Saturday, October 1, 7 PM
Exchange Conference Center, Boston, MA
7 - 8 PM Cocktails and conversation
8 - 9 PM Award presentation, photographer Lou Jones Master of Ceremonies
9 -11 PM Wne and hors d'oeuvres from Best of Boston caterer East Meets West. Guests can enjoy live music by SIX while mingling with award-winning editors, curators, photographers and gallerists.

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 avocational 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 exchange Conference Center on October 1, 2011 located on the historic Boston waterfront, attracting a broader Boston audience of individuals, media representatives and business professionals. Sponsorship of this entertaining, visually rich and inspiring event will put you in front of an engaged and receptive audience, deeply appreciative of your role as champions of photography.

  • 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

Boston Globe
The Phoenix Media/Communications Group and the Boston Globe are media sponsors of the Griffin Museum Focus Awards


Past Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
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
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
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)

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