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Normally behind-the-scenes lensmen (and -women) got their moment in the spotlight Monday at the International Center of Photography's 24th Annual Infinity Awards, held at Pier Sixty-Chelsea Piers. During cocktails, professionals like Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein and honorees Malick Sidibe, Craig McDean, Anthony Suau, Bill Jay, Edward Burtynsky and Mikhael Subtozky mingled with vice chairs Calvin and Kelly Klein, Helena Christensen, Irina Lazareanu and Elizabeth Lindemann. Blythe Danner arrived with son Jake Paltrow in tow, whose fiancée, Taryn Simon, won the publication award for her book "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar."
"I wrote the foreword to her book," explained Salman Rushdie, adding that the narrator in his own "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was a photographer. He was loathe to confess to any skills of his own, though. "I take snaps, but tonight I'm just here to clap," he said.
ICP Trustees Award winner Diane Keaton — who has edited a slew of coffee-table tomes — was quick to admit that she prefers to remain on the other side of the lens. "I am so sick of myself," she bemoaned, just before the ceremony and seated dinner for 800 people. "I never want to see another photo of myself ever again.