Archives: Inductees

Ken Burns



Ken Burns is an acclaimed American documentary filmmaker. Among the many films he’s produced and directed are The Civil War, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson. His next project, scheduled for broadcast on PBS September 20, 2016, is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Burns’ films incorporate a distinct style of using archival photographs, panning across and zooming in on them to create a sense of motion that engages viewers. The style prompted Apple create in their iMovie and Final Cut Pro programs the “Ken Burns Effect,” so users could achieve the same results Burns uses in his documentaries.

Ernst Haas



Ernst Haas is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th Century, and considered one of the pioneers of color photography. In the 1950’s he began experimenting with Kodachrome color film and went on to become one of the premier color photographers of the decade. In 1953, Life featured his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City, the first time such a large color photo feature was published in the magazine. In 1962, a retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, photographing for LifeVogue and Look, to name a few of many influential publications. Haas has continued to be the subject of museum exhibitions and publications such as “Ernst Haas, Color Photography” (1989), “Ernst Haas in Black and White”(1992) and “Color Correction” (2011).

Steve Jobs



Steve Jobs was an American inventor and entrepreneur who cofounded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company. Steve helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.


Photo Credit: Diana Walker

John Knoll



John Knoll is the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and co-creator of Adobe Photoshop. He also is the sole inventor of Knoll Light Factory, a digital lens flare generating software. Today Photoshop is the industry standard in digital photo editing, allowing photographers to digitally alter and manipulate photo files to create extraordinary images. John created Adobe Photoshop along with his brother Thomas, and together the Knoll brothers have revolutionized the photography industry and completely changed the way people create and edit images.

Annie Leibovitz



Annie Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose bold use of colors and poses has become her trademark style. Leibovitz began her career as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine where she helped define the magazine’s look. She was the first woman to have a show at the National Portrait Gallery when her exhibition was shown in 1991. Some of her notable portraits include Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair, and a portrait series of Queen Elizabeth II.

Graham Nash



In addition to his prodigious talent for music, Graham Nash is also a renowned photographer, collector of photography, and digital imaging pioneer. In the 1980s, Nash began experimenting with digital images, but soon found that there was no printer capable of reproducing what he saw on his computer screen. Nash began searching for a printer that was capable of reproducing high-quality images and eventually discovered the IRIS printer. In 1991, he founded Nash Editions, a fine art digital print company that further adapted the IRIS printer to print high-quality digital photography and art prints as large as 3 feet by 4 feet. Nash Editions is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of and accomplishments in fine arts and digital printing. Its original IRIS 3047 printer and one of its first published works – Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby – is now housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Graham Nash also is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and with the Hollies. His new studio album This Path Tonight was released April 15, 2016, and he is set to embark on an U.S. East Coast tour beginning Sept. 23.


Photo Credit: Amy Grantham