The Hasselblad award was presented for the 22nd time on Saturday 9 November 2002. The award winner, Jeff Wall, Vancouver, received the award from Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian, 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, Jeff Wall – 2002 Hasselblad award winner, opened at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Art Museum.
The Foundation’s citation:
For over 20 years, Jeff Wall has developed an outstanding body of work, using photography in a very innovative way, which has helped establish for the medium a major place in contemporary art. With his carefully staged and composed images, sometimes digitally altered, placed in back-lit boxes borrowed from the world of advertising, he has explored a wide range of social and political themes, such as urban violence, racism, poverty, gender and class conflicts, history, memory, representation, and many others. His photographs, in colour or in black and white, maintain a constant dialogue with great genre painting of the 19th century, and truly make of him, in the words of Charles Baudelaire, ‘a painter of modern life’.