The Hasselblad Foundation supports and carries out various forms of research in the history, theory and aesthetics of photography. The foundation initiates and produces research projects and collaborates with a range of scholars and institutions. One aim is to present current international photography research to both academic and art students as well as to photographers, art lovers and a wider audience.
The Hasselblad Foundation’s own research is often based on the photographic collection and archive as well as on the yearly recipients of the Hasselblad Award.
The research and the exhibition programme are closely tied together, as for instance in the series From the Hasselblad Foundation Collection and the most recent exhibition and publication Framing Bodies (2015).
Furthermore the foundation carries out research projects in current art photographic practices as well as theoretical questions concerning the role of photography in contemporary visual culture. The outcome is presented internationally at conferences and locally in talks and seminars; in publications and through exhibitions. The current research project WATCHED! focuses on surveillance art and photography in post 9/11 Europe, which in 2016 resulted in a book and a touring exhibition.