2004 WIPI / Lucie Award Presentation
photos by Jean Ferro

Douglas Kirkland, MC

"Good Evening, I'm Jean Ferro, President of Women In Photography International.

Thank you International Photography Awards and Hossein Farmani for inviting us to participate in the Lucie Awards.
Women In photography International was created in 1981 and still today as an online resource center at womeninphotography.org (remember that name) women come together to communicate ideas and express their passion for photography.

WIPI presented its first award in 1985 to Eve Arnold and over the years to such luminaries as Ruth Bernhard, Mary Ellen Mark, Linda McCartney, Joyce Tenneson, Grace Robertson and last year we named Annie Leibovitz the recipient.

Tonight we are proud to present our award to Sylvia Plachy and have invited renown photographer Joyce Tenneson, a WIPI Advisory Board member and the current winner of IPA’s Book Award for her book "Intimacy" to introduce Sylvia’s work and present the award. And now here is Joyce..."

Joyce Tenneson

"It’s an honor to present this distinguished photographer award. Sylvia Plachy was born in Hungary and immigrated to the US with her parents in 1958. She has been photographing NYC for over 40 years - for 8 years the Village Voice published one of her black and white photos weekly - she is also a regular contributor at the new Yorker and many other top magazines.

Plachy is the author of 4 books and the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim fellowship. One of her enduring subjects has also been her son, Oscar Winner, Adrien Brody.

Her mentor and compatriot Andre Kertesz said of her work: I have never seen the moment sensed and caught with more intimacy and humanity than in the photographs of Sylvia Plachy.

I invite you now to look at some of Sylvia’s work on the screen

Sylvia please come forward to receive your award"

Sylvia Plachy accepting award and then we announced:
Sylvia, we have a special surprise for you..

Sylvia's son Adrien Brody made a special tape since he couldn't attend the celebration.
While filming King Kong in New Zealand, he produced an "I Love You Mom" visual letter,
expressing his great appreciation for his mom and her work.
In the clip, Jack Black is directing Adrien to give it the extra umph and gusto.!

On his chest he drew a heart, bow and arrow with the inscription
"Mommy #1"
Sylvia was completely surprised and delighted