Lucie Foundation unveils its 2014 honorees

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Now in its twelfth year, the annual Lucie Awards celebrates the greatest achievements in photography from around the world. Throughout the year, the advisory board at the Lucie Foundation nominates photographers across several categories. This year, candidates will be honoured in six divisions.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jane Bown, who has worked for The Observer newspaper since 1949. The British photographer is famed for her striking black-and-white portraits of notable public figures including many artists, musicians and film stars. She has equally photographed each British prime minster since WWII.

American photographer Nan Goldin will be presented with the Achievement in Portraiture award. Her debut publication The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, released in 1986, is among her most critically acclaimed work. Depicting imagery of her friends and family, the series deals with issues of marginalisation in a visceral yet intimate manner.

British photographer Martin Parr will receive the Achievement in Documentary award. The Magnum photographer’s critical eye and singular approach to documentary have won him international acclaim, and he has forged successful side careers within curating and photobook collecting.


The Achievement in Fine Art will be awarded to Carrie Mae Weems whose work incorporates text, fabric, video and installation, as well as photography. Issues surrounding race and gender run throughout Weems’ practice, and her work is currently on show at the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Nick Ut will be honoured with the Achievement in Photojournalism award. Ut has worked as a war photographer in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and shot one of world’s most iconic war images depicting a naked child fleeing a napalm bomb attack in Vietnam. Following the Vietnam War, Ut worked as a photojournalist in North and South Korea, as well as in Southern California.

Pedro Meyer, who is based in Mexico, will receive the Visionary Award. Rather than capturing the ‘decisive moment’, Meyer’s practice amalgamates disparate photographs in the construction of a digitally mastered reality. In 2007 he founded The Pedro Meyer Foundation, which is devoted to researching the relationship between photography and new technologies.

The Lucie Awards ceremony will take place on 02 November 2014 at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

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