Hasselblad Award Winner 2008
The Hasselblad Foundation has chosen Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide to be the recipient of the 2008 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The prize, consisting of SEK 500,000 (approximately USD 80,000) and a gold medal, will be presented at a ceremony held in Göteborg, Sweden, October 25, 2008. In conjunction with the ceremony, a new exhibition of Graciela Iturbide’s photographs will open at the Hasselblad Center.
The Foundation’s citation regarding the decision to award the 2008 prize to Graciela Iturbide is as follows:
Graciela Iturbide is considered one of the most important and influential Latin American photographers of the past four decades. Her photography is of the highest visual strength and beauty. Graciela Iturbide has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual and everyday life in her native Mexico and other countries. Iturbide has extended the concept of documentary photography, to explore the relationships between man and nature, the individual and the cultural, the real and the psychological. She continues to inspire a younger generation of photographers in Latin America and beyond.
This year’s award committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s board of directors, consisted of:
- Frits Gierstberg, (Chair) Head of Exhibitions, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
- David Chandler, Director, Photoworks, Brighton, England,
- Monika Faber, Chief Curator, Albertina Collection of Photographs, Austria,
- Michiko Kasahara, Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan,
- Patricia Mendoza, Director, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico.