The Hasselblad award is an international photography award. Since 1980 it has been presented annually, with the exception
of the year of Erna Hasselblad’s death, 1983. The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Pho tography
is recognized as one of the most important prizes in the world today.
The Hasselblad award is granted to “a photographer recognized for major achievements”. This may be an individual who
has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on younger generations of photographers,
or who has implemented one or more internationally significant photographic projects.
French artist Sophie Calle from Paris has been selected as the 30th winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International
Award in Photography. The award will be presented to Sophie Calle on Saturday 30 October 2010 at a ceremony
at the Göteborg City Theatre. In conjunction with the award ceremony, an exhibition of works by the award winner opens
at the Hasselblad Center, and a book is released. This year, as last three years, a book will be produced as a co-operation
between the Hasselblad Foundation and Steidl Verlag. The book contains Sophie Calle’s series True Stories, which
captures important events of her life.
The Foundation’s citation regarding the decision to award the 2010 prize to Sophie Calle is as follows: “For more than
three decades, Sophie Calle has been questioning and challenging the relationship between text and photography, private
and public personae, truth and fiction, in a groundbreaking, utterly original way. Her conceptually oriented work depicts
human vulnerability and examines the interrelationship between identity and intimacy as well as the construction
of official history. It evokes narrative, affect and emotion in ways that at the same time touch the viewer deeply and
makes her reflect on the possibilities as well as limits of photography. Her contribution to the understanding of the
medium of photography has inspired younger generations of artists.”
This year’s award committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s board of directors, consisted of:
Claude W. Sui (chair), Curator and Head of the Forum of International Photography of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums,
Mannheim, Germany, Ariella Azoulay, Teaching Contemporary Philosophy and Visual Culture, Hermeneutics and
Cultural Studies Program, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, Vladimir Birgus, Curator, Historian of Photography,
Professor and Head of the Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Prague, Czech
Republic, Sergio Mah, Professor at University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal and the current Artistic Director of
Photoespaña, Mette Sandbye, Associate Professor at Copenhagen University (Department of Art and Cultural
Studies), Art Critic at Weekendavisen, Denmark.