One Armed Man, Madrid, 1988. Diptych, from the series New Europe © Paul Graham
Paul Graham will received the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in an award ceremony on 08 March in London, with his work going on show in October at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden.
"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. For more information, visit www.hasselbladfoundation.org.
Executives, Bank of England, London, November 1981 © Paul Graham.
Fulton Street 11th November 2009-11-29. From 'The Present' © Paul Graham, 2009.
Pittsburgh, (Man Cutting Grass), 2004. 9 Part work from the series 'a shimmer of possibility' © Paul Graham.
Untitled #31, From the series End of an Age © Paul Graham.
Woman Smoking, Belfast, 1988. From the series New Europe © Paul Graham.
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