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Impact of iPhone helps drive Steve Jobs’ selection for photography hall of fame

Steve Jobs might not have been a photographer, but that hasn’t stopped him from being posthumously inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis.

In an announcement on Friday, the institution said Job’s induction will be on October 28 alongside a class that includes seven other photographers and photography industry visionaries who have been selected by a nomination committee. This date marks the 50th anniversary of the hall of fame.

According to the hall of fame, inductees must “have made a notable contribution to the art or science of photography, having a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography.”

Jobs wasn’t known for having a camera in his hand nearly as often as the other inductees, but the committee believes he’s had a “significant impact on the evolution of photography” thanks to his work at Apple.

“Steve Jobs was an American inventor and entrepreneur who co-founded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company,” said the hall of fame in Jobs’ bio. “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.”

The rest of the 2016 inductee class includes portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, rock singer and digital photography pioneer Graham Nash, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Photoshop co-founders Thomas and John Knoll, documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado, and famed photographer Ernst Haas.

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