English fine-art photographer Paul Graham wins this year’s Hasselblad Foundation International Award, one of the most prestigious photography accolades an individual can receive. Graham has also received the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow in 1983, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2009, and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010.
The British Journal of Photography writes:
“Paul Graham is one of the most brilliant photographers of his generation,” says the foundation in a statement released this morning. “During the course of his nearly 40-year career, he has presented an extremely focused body of work, at once perfectly coherent and never monotonous. In images both sensitive and subtly political, he makes tangible the insignificant traces of ″the spirit of the times″ we do not normally see. With his keen awareness of the photographic medium, he has constantly developed innovative forms of working with all aspects of photography. This makes him a profound force for renewal of the deep photographic tradition of engagement with the world.”
Graham was selected by a committee made up of Clément Chéroux of the Centre Pompidou in Paris; art historian Ekaterina Degot; Ute Eskildsen of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany; Gao Shiming of the China Art Academy; and Roberta Valtorta, the scientific director of the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in Milan, Italy.
Graham wins a SEK1m cash prize, equivalent to £95,000 or $150,000.
With a career span and body of work such as his, it is no surprise that Paul Graham has bagged yet another award. Congratulations!