Corbijn Lands Top Culture Prize

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November 29, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn was honored with a top culture award in Holland on Monday night, as Bono and Chris Martin sang tributes to the director.
Corbijn, who is also a celebrated photographer, was named the recipient of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Prize for 2011 for his work.

He walked away with a $100,000 grant and also received a musical tribute in his honor.

Bono, Coldplay frontman Martin and German singer/actor Herbert Gronemeyer were backed by the Metropole Orchestra as they sang for Corbijn at the prizegiving in Amsterdam.

Officials for the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund described Corbijn as “an international example for photographers, designers and art directors” and branded the moviemaker “an important image maker of the popular culture of his generation”.

Corbijn adds, “I always took cautious steps on a dark muddy path, which now appears to have been an easy-to-pass road. But to me it seemed like I was stuck in the mud for some time.”