International Photography Hall of Fame honors surprising recipient

November 27, 2017 by  

The International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis recently presented a lifetime achievement award, the first time it has bestowed such an honor, according to an article in the Riverfront Times.

The recipient, though, was a surprise: the recognition went to singer Kenny Rogers, known for such hits as ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Lucille’.

Though known mainly for his Grammy-winning vocal work, many people are not aware that Rogers is also a talented photographer. The executive director of the hall of fame, Patty Wente, calls his photos “stellar.”

The IPHF was first established in 1977 in Santa Barbara, California. In 1983, it moved to Oklahoma City before its 2013 move to St. Louis to Grand Center, where it maintains space for its gallery and exhibitions. Among other things, the organization preserves historic cameras and photos, and honors people who have contributed significantly to the photographic arts.

Rogers’ work caught the attention of the IPHF when the Professional Photographers of America recognized him as an honorary master of photography in 2014. His portraits of Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and others captured his subjects’ personalities, and his other work led the IPHF to give him the award this year.

Organizations like this might benefit by distributing promotional products as a thank you to those who attended the awards ceremony, with the products reminding them of the occasion and the organization itself.