ICP director steps down

ICP director steps down


(August 26, 2011) The International Center of Photography announced Wednesday that Willis (Buzz) E Hartshorn, director of the ICP since 1994, will retire due to health reasons.  Hartshorn, 60, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, but continued to lead the organization with the board’s approval.  Now, he feels, is the time to step down: “I’m seven years into this thing, and I can feel the difference physically,” Hartshorn said. “It’s not fair to them, and the best thing for me and my family is that I pace myself in an appropriate way.” ICP has formed a search committee and retained Russell Reynods Associates to conduct an international search for a new director. Once a replacement has been found Hartshorn will transition to a new full-time role, which will include curating, teaching, and strategic development.

Hartshon achievements include raising more than $20 million in the ICP’s first capital campaign in 2001 to move the center from 94th St to it’s current space at 43rd and Avenue of the Americas. ICP has since been able to vastly enlarge its photo collection, while supporting more exhibition and education programs. Under Hartshorn, the ICP’s endowment has grown from $700,000 to $11 million.

"The respect for Buzz and his stature within ICP and in the photography community at large are  matched by the affection in which he is held by all who know him and who have worked with him," said Caryl Englander, Chair of the ICP Board of Trustees. "His leadership and vision have made a  (more)significant contribution to the evolving and important role of photography in the world of the arts and of journalism. I am delighted he will continue with ICP after his successor is in place."

Read the full press release here.

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