The Hasselblad award was presented for the 27th time on Saturday 10 November 2007. The award winner, Nan Goldin, New York City, received the award from Boris Mikhailov, the 20th 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, Nan Goldin – 2007 Hasselblad award winner, opened at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Museum of Art.
The Foundation's citation:
Nan Goldin is one of the most significant photographers of our time. She has been documenting her own life and that of her friends – her extended family – for more than 30 years, focusing on the urban scene in New York and Europe in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, marked so dramatically by HIV and AIDS. Her work, while based on the direct esthetics of snapshot photography, presents her personal life as work of arts; intimate, formally beautiful, and with intense use of color. The presentation of her work in the form of slide shows resonates in the work of photographers of more than one generation. Her use of photography as a memoir, as a means of protection against loss and as an act of preservation responds to the needs of our times.