January 1986

Ceremony the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City Wednesday, January 8, 1986

Exhibition Nikon House Rockefeller Center New York City March 4‑March 29,1986


Photographer of the year
Richard Avedon

Philippe Halsman award for photojournalism
Mary Ellen Mark

Corporate photography award
Gregory Heisler

Ansel Adams award for book photography
Joel Meyerowitz

ASMP honor roll
Gordon Parks

Innovation in photography award
Rick Smolan and David Cohen

Memorial award
Ruth Orkin

Emerging photographer award
David Graham

ASMP, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, is proud to present AWARDS NIGHT 1985, and to host these prestigious awards in photography at the world's most renowned museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The ASMP awards are prized because they are peer recognition. They are given annually by a selected jury of distinguished photographers to photographers in order to honor the most significant works created in our time. The ASMP AWARDS are the best way we have to acknowledge the contribution of those dedicated men and women whose vision changes the way in which we view our world, and brings us closer to our fellow human beings.
HARVEY LLOYD Past President & Chairman Awards Committee

In a world which grows ever more dependent on communications, photographers assume an increasingly important role. Ours is the ability to document the state of the world. These images become a record through which we interpret the ideas and gestures of moments in history. As the leading organization of professional photographers, ASMP represents the highest ideals in our field. It is only fitting that we celebrate these standards of excellence by presenting the annual ASMP AWARDS.




Mary Ellen Mark is an internationally‑known photojournalist whose empathy for her subjects is seen in the unusual nature of her work. She has documented life in continents throughout the world: "Ethiopia, Cry the Pitiless Land"; "The Prostitutes of Bombay"; and "Mother Theresa: Her Missions in Calcutta." She produced a documentary film entitled "Streetwise," based on her penetrating coverage of the runaway kids living on the streets of Seattle. Mark is drawn to people whose stories are never told‑their vulnerability is bared because she cares and no one else ever has. Ward 81, a book which recounts the 36 days she spent on the women's security ward of a mental institution photographing inmates, illustrates the sensitivity Mark brings to her work: "We identified with the fragility and the strength of these women we came to love, these adopted sisters of ours. They are women we might have been, women we might one day become."