Miyako Ishiuchi

Miyako Ishiuchi – 2014 Hasselblad Award Winner


The Hasselblad Foundation announced in 2014 that Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi wass the recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for the sum of SEK 1,000,000 (approx. EUR 110,000). The award ceremony took place in Tokyo on 6th March, 2014. An exhibition of her work, Miyako Ishiuchi – 2014 Hasselblad Award Winner, opened on 7th November, 2014, at the Hasselblad Center in the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. The same day, the Hasselblad Foundation hosted a symposium with the award winner, and a book on the work of Miyako Ishiuchi was released.


The Foundation’s citation regarding the 2014 Award Winner Miyako Ishiuchi:

“During a period of 35 years Miyako Ishiuchi has established an international career, which is both impressive and highly significant. Her strength of character and uncompromising vision has resulted in some of the most powerful as well as personal representations of postwar Japan. Ishiuchi’s work is extremely coherent and developing in a determined and distinctive way; using the camera and all of its aesthetic potential to investigate the intersection of the political and the personal aspects of memory Ishiuchi has been both a pioneer and a role model for younger artists, not least as a woman working in the male-dominated field of Japanese photography. She has continued to innovate, explore and agitate throughout her career, both in terms of ideas and of her style and approach.”


The award committee of 2014, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s board of directors, consisted of:

MARCEL FEIL (chair), Deputy-Director, Artistic Affairs, Foam Amsterdam, the Netherlands
SIMON BAKER, Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, UK
SUNHEE CHOI, Freelance Art Adviser, Journalist and Director of Choi&Lager Gallery, Paris, France
HENK SLAGER, Dean of the Graduate School at the Faculty of Visual Art and Design, at MaHKU, the Netherlands
JIYOON LEE, Director and Independent Curator, SUUM, London, UK, and Seoul, South Korea

A film about Miyako Ishiuchi. Produced by Tate Media.


Press release in Swedish
Press release in English
Press release in Japanese

Pictures to be used with press release