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Catalan Joan Fontcuberta wins the Hasselblad Award, considered to be the Photography Nobel

The Hasselblad Foundation has awarded its 2013 prize to the Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta. The jury highlighted the fact that Fontcuberta “is one of the most imaginative contemporary photographers” today. This is the most prestigious award at international level in the field of photography. It comes with 1 million Swedish crowns (around €110,000). The award ceremony took place in Barcelona on Thursday evening. In October, Gothenburg’s Art Museum will hold an exhibition on Fontcuberta’s work. His creations “adopt original and playful conceptual perspectives, which particularly explore photography conventions, means of representation and claims to truth”, stated the jury.

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08 March 2013 10:44 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- The Hasselblad Foundation has awarded its 2013 prize to the Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta. The jury highlighted the fact that Fontcuberta \u201Cis one of the most imaginative contemporary photographers\u201D today. This is the most prestigious award at international level in the field of photography. It comes with 1 million Swedish crowns (around \u20AC110,000). The award ceremony took place in Barcelona on Thursday evening. In October, Gothenburg\u2019s Art Museum will hold an exhibition on Fontcuberta\u2019s work. His creations are \u201Cdistinguished by original and playful conceptual approaches that particularly explore photographic conventions, means of representation and claims to truth\u201D, stated the jury.


The jury for the 2013 Hasselblad Award considered \u201CFontcuberta to be one of the most inventive contemporary photographers, with over 30- years\u2019 achievement of constantly investigating and questioning the photographic medium\u201D. Furthermore, the Catalan photographer \u201Cchallenges concepts of science and fiction in interdisciplinary projects that extend far beyond the gallery space\u201D, the Swedish foundation stated. On top of this, the Hasselblad jury recognised that \u201Cin addition to his photographic practice, Joan Fontcuberta\u2019s capacities as a writer, teacher and curator have been greatly inspirational to the younger generation\u201D, since he is also a university teacher.

Besides, the Hasselblad Foundation is organising an exhibition of Fontcuberta\u2019s work at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, in Sweden. Dragana Vujanovic and Louise Wolthers will be the curators. It will be named \u2018Joan Fontcuberta \u2013 2013 Hasselblad Award Winner\u2019 and will open on the 25th of October. On that day, the Hasselblad Foundation will also host a symposium with the Catalan photographer. In addition, a book on Fontcuberta\u2019s work, published by Mack, will be launched.

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  • The Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta (by J. Fontcuberta / ACN)

  • The Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta (by J. Fontcuberta / ACN)