The Hasselblad award was presented for the 17th time on Saturday 7 March 1998. The award winner, Christer Strömholm, Stockholm, received the award from Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian, at a ceremony at the Radisson SAS Park Avenue Hotel in Göteborg. The award sum was SEK 270,000. In conjunction with the ceremony an exhibit of the award winner’s work, Christer Strömholm – 1997 Hasselblad award winner, opened at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Art Museum.
The Foundation’s citation:
Since the 1950s Christer Strömholm has been one of Scandinavia's leading photographers, and he was the first post-war photographer to gain international renown. In the early fifties he became a member of the German group Fotoform, and while living in Paris at the end of that decade he developed a photographic language analogous to existentialism. Strömholm's pictures have made a major contribution to the establishment of photography as an independent art form in Europe. In addition, in his capacity as a legendary teacher of photography, he has influenced generations of Scandinavian photographers.