October 1, 2011 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

 focus awards

Via The Griffin Museum of Photography

This year's event is being held on Boston's historic waterfront on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Exchange Conference Center. The master of ceremonies is photographer Lou Jones.

The Griffin Museum created the annual awards in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography. They 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 are presented in three categories: The Life Time 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; and the New England Beacon, recognizing a local individual whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene. This year's recipients are:

Life Time Achievement - Dr. Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

Rising Star - Eileen Gittins, Founder, President, and CEO of Blurb; and

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

"Each year the Focus Award selection process is a humbling experience and an exciting challenge. As always, we're very fortunate to be in such wonderful company," said Paula Tognarelli, executive director, Griffin Museum of Photography. "Moving this event to Boston is a significant milestone for the Museum and coupled with the new satellite gallery at A Street Frames in the South End, it provides new opportunities and further expands our reach."

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