The Hasselblad award was presented for the 29th time on Tuesday 14 April 2009. The award winner Robert Adams, Astoria, Oregon, received the award from the Honorable Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco at a press conference at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The award sum was SEK 500,000. An exhibition of the award winner’s work, Robert Adams – 2009 Hasselblad Award Winner opened at the Hasselblad Center, Göteborg Museum of Art on November 6, 2009.
The Foundation’s citation:
Robert Adams is one of the most important and influential photographers of the last forty years. During that time he has worked almost exclusively in the American West, and, as photography has altered and fragmented, he has refined and reaffirmed its inherent language, adapting the legacies of nineteenth century and modernist photography to his own very singular purpose. Precise and undramatic, Adams’ accumulative vision of the West now stands as a formidable document, reflecting broader, global concerns about the environment, while consistently recognizing signs of human aspiration and elements of hope across a particular changing landscape.
Read the summary from the chat with Robert Adams