The Hasselblad award was presented for the 26th time on Saturday 25 November 2006. The award winner, David Goldblatt, Johannesburg, received the award from Dr. Lennart Nilsson, the first Hasselblad Award Winner, at a ceremony at the Göteborg City Theatre. The award sum was SEK 500,000. In conjunction with the ceremony an exhibit of the award winner’s work, David Goldblatt – 2006 Hasselblad award winner, opened at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Museum of Art.
The Foundation's citation:
David Goldblatt‘s work is a lifelong observation of the social and political developments within South African society. He has been concerned to explore the relationship between individual subjects and the structures within which they live. His interest in the violent history of his country, and his awareness of the symbolic significance of architecture, form an extraordinary statement both personal and socio-political. Photography, in the words of David Goldblatt, reveals “something of the subtlety and ambiguity of our shifting and frequently contradictory perceptions of reality.” The reason why Goldblatt has been chosen for the Hasselblad Award is because his photographs are acute in historical and political perception. They provide a sense of the texture of daily life, and an important piece of missing information regarding life under apartheid in South Africa.
Nomadic sheep shearers and farm workers known as swerwers and also as karretjie mense (people of the little carts), trekking through the Karoo. They had been on the road and without paid work for four months. From the front and left to right: Piet Ludick, Jan de Beer, Piet Ludick, Petros Ludick, Sarah de Weer, Spaas Ludick, Martiens Ludick, Martiens Ludick, Liza de Weer. New Rooiberg, on R381 between Beaufort West and Loxton, Western Cape. 18 September 2002
Incomplete houses, part of a stalled municipal developmenr of 1000 houses. The allocation was made in 1998, building started in 2003. Officials and a politician gave various reasons for the stalling of the scheme:shortage of water, theft of materials, problems with sewerage disposal, problems caused by the high clay content of the soli and a shortage of funds. By August 2006 420 houses had been completed. Lady Grey, Eastern cape. 5 August 2006.