Image by Simon Roberts Hon FRPS.
The Royal Photographic Society has announced the recipients of its annual awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Royal Society, London. The awards ceremony, which is supported by The Macallan, recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography. They have been given since 1878. Photographers, scientists and curators were all honoured.
Professor Paul B Corkum FRS
- Canadian physicist, Professor Paul Corkum FRS is credited with developing attosecond laser pulses (one attosecond is 10-18 seconds, or one billionth of one billionth of a second) — flashes of light so short that they can provide images of electrons moving around atoms.
Professor Brian Griffin Hon FRPS
– Is one of the most influential photographers of the past four decades. Brian has been commissioned and exhibited at Marseille, Provence, 2013 European Capital of Culture, and for Reference Works, celebrating the opening of the new Library of Birmingham. A retrospective of his corporate photography takes place at Foto Industria Bologna, a new event dedicated to corporate and industrial photography in Bologna, Italy, from 3-20 October.
- Founding Curator of Photographs at the J Paul Getty Museum for 25 years until his retirement in 2009, Weston Naef guided the growth of the Getty Museum photographs collection, supervising more than 100 exhibitions and 50 publications. Prior to his role at Getty, Weston was responsible for rare photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 15 years.
Also announced were the recipients of The Society’s educational bursaries, given to promising photographers starting their careers and the Combined Royal Colleges Medal, awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging.
For a full list of recipients and for more information, take a look at the RPS website