Walter Iooss Jr, will be the recipient of the prestigious
FOTOmentor Award during FOTOfusion 2016
© Walter Iooss Jr., "The Catch" Jan 10, 1982
Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. The award is presented along with other prestigious awards at the Annual FOTOFusion Awards Dinner.
Walter Iooss Jr. is one of the sports world's most respected photographers and perhaps the single most successful sports photographer in advertising today. He has shot more than 300 Sports Illustrated covers (his first at the age of 19), contributed to the magazine's Swimsuit Issue for 30-plus years, and published 13 books including The New York Times #1 bestseller Rare Air: Michael on Michael in 1993, and Heaven in 2010 and he has shot campaigns for clients ranging from Coca-Cola, Adidas, Nike, Oakley, Canon, and Gatorade to the National Milk Council and Kellogg’s.
Walter was just 17 when he embarked on his photography career. His first assignment was for Sports Illustrated and the intervening decades have only deepened his love of the medium. You can see it in his various personal projects, whether it's his handmade, collaged diaries or his ongoing series on Montauk, where he and his family bought a house in 1977. "Photography is not a job. It's a way of life," he notes. "I live it, think it, and feel it. It's just in my DNA."
In the fall of 2009, the Newseum in Washington, DC, opened a major retrospective of Walter’s work titled "Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss." The show proved such a big success that the museum extended it through January 2011. Around the same time, the Annenberg Space for Photography mounted an exhibition called "Sport: Iooss and Leifer" that showcased many of Walter's iconic images alongside those of Neil Leifer. "The action comes to him, and he never misses. No one shoots like him," Sports Illustrated director of photography Steve Fine told a reporter.
About the FOTOmentor Award:
Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. Previous recipients include distinguished photographers:
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