United Nations 70th Anniversary
IPC Hall of Fame Awarded To Shigetaka Komori
NEW YORK, NY, May 18, 2015 – Imaging industry executives, professional photographers, and United Nations dignitaries joined together to celebrate the UN 70th Anniversary and IPC Hall of Fame Award at the International Photographic Council’s Luncheon on May 14, 2015 at the United Nations headquarters.
John Segall, IPC Vice President, and Vice President, Lifetouch, welcomed the crowd, including imaging industry professionals in attendance from Japan, Germany, Norway, and Dubai, UAE.
IPC was honored to have Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, deliver the keynote address. Ms. Gallach talked about this “milestone in our collective history” and the crucial moment we are facing for global action on sustainable development and climate change.
“I believe that the best way to do that is to inform, engage the people,” stated Ms. Gallach. “We have to tell stories and as a big believer of the impact of the strong visual, I am convinced that photos are the best way to tell stories. Here, we all have an important role to play. Through your comrades, through the images you capture, you help us convey to the world, the messages of the United Nations.”
Ms. Gallach announced that in four months there will be the largest gathering of world leaders to date for a summit where an agreement on sustainable development goals is widely expected. These goals “will determine the global course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity and protect the environment,” stated Ms. Gallach.
During this summit, the IPC and Lifetouch sponsored UN photo exhibition, WE THE PEOPLES, showcasing seven decades of photography, will be on display for over 160 heads of state attending, before opening to the public on October 24, 2015 on UN Day. This photo exhibition has been previously displayed at Photokina, and in Japan and Pakistan.
Ms. Gallach closed her remarks by thanking the International Photographic Council for its support of the United Nation’s mission and goals and by paying tribute to professional photographers who “risk their lives so that people are informed, leaders are moved, and action is taken.”
IPC Vice President and Director of Outreach Ted McGrath introduced Julie Bauer, President, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Corporation.
Julie Bauer joined the celebration through a first-ever virtual presentation as she was in Japan on business.
Ms. Bauer opened up her presentation with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the UN’s most respected ambassadors and a woman she greatly admires …“We must be able to show people that democracy is not just about words, but action.”
“Panasonic is proud to support the mission of the IPC in promoting photography as a communication media that can have a meaningful impact on the betterment of the world,” stated Ms. Bauer. “Panasonic views the global advancement of imaging technology from a business perspective, doing our part to provide new ways for humans to interact, communicate, share, improve lives in a way that helps all of those involved in the occupation of photography to contribute to society in new ways.”
Ms. Bauer further noted, “As a camera manufacturer we cannot and do not want to control what is captured. But we do know that the hardware that we are marketing and developing allows millions to see the beauty of this world as well as the areas that require specific attention in order to better the world. Those areas can include such pressing issues as hunger, poverty and war.”
The IPC Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership and contribution to the industry, IPC Vice President and Director of Outreach Ted McGrath introduced Shigetaka Komori, Chairman and CEO, Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, for his success in leading the management reform and dynamic transformation of Fujifilm by leveraging core technologies to expand the range of business.
With Mr. Komori unable to attend at the last minute, Manny Almeida, Imaging Division President of Fujifilm North America Corporation accepted the distinguished honor on behalf of Komori.
Mr. Almeida shared a letter from Mr. Komori that mentioned “on this Anniversary, it is important to remember that beyond its original charter of international peace and security, the UN promotes human rights, fosters social and economic development, as well as the protection of the environment in providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster and armed conflict,” stated Mr. Komori.
In talking about the challenge to rebuild Fujifilm beyond their photographic heritage, Mr. Komori stated, “ The courage to change the enterprise was not only the best choice, but the only choice.”
In addition, James Chung, IPC President, bestowed a Service Award to IPC Board Member, Manny Parks of Pro Image, for his years of dedicated service to the organization.
The IPC Hall of Fame Award Luncheon and UN 70th Anniversary Celebration would not be possible without the support of this year’s sponsors: PLATINUM: B&H Photo Video, Cygnus Business Media, Fujifilm, Lifetouch, The McGrath Group. GOLD: Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, White House Custom Colour. SILVER: Sigma, Unique Photo. ANNIVERSARY CAKE: Fujifilm.
The International Photographic Council (IPC) is a multinational, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication. IPC’s motto is “Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language.” For more information, visit www.ipc-un-ngo.org or the IPC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/International-Photographic-Council/124660358180.
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