The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is taking a gamble with one 2017 honoree. The St. Louis-based organization announced on Tuesday it will present actor and country music icon Kenny Rogers with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rogers, who has authored several books on photography, including 2014’s “Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen,” and holds an honorary masters degree on the subject, will be honored by the IPHF during a ceremony held on Nov. 17 in St. Louis. This year’s HoF inductees include portraitist Harry Benson; war photographer James Nachtwey; and color photography pioneer William Eggleston, among others.
Rogers and this year’s inductees join 79 previous innovators in the hall, including Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Richard Alvedon, Ken Burns, Robert Capa, Dorothea Lange and Joe Rosenthal.
“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, the IPHF executive director. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”
Rogers’ previous books of photography include “Kenny Rogers’ America” and “Your Friends and Mine.” He is of course best known for his Country Music Hall of Fame career, with hits including “The Gambler,” “Islands in the Stream,” “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Lady,” among many others.