Joan Fontcuberta

Joan Fontcuberta

Hasselblad Award Winner 2013

The Hasselblad award was presented for the 33th time on on 7th March, 2013. The award winner, Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta, received the award in Barcelona. The award sum was SEK 1,000,000. In conjunction with the ceremony an exhibit of the award winner’s work, Joan Fontcuberta – 2013 Hasselblad Award Winner opened on 25th October, 2013, at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Museum of Art.

The Hasselblad Foundation hosted a symposium with the award winner, and a book on the work of Joan Fontcuberta, published by Mack, was launched.


The Foundation’s citation regarding the decision to award the 2013 prize to Joan Fontcuberta reads as follows:

Joan Fontcuberta is one of the most inventive contemporary photographers, with an over 30-year achievement of constantly investigating and questioning the photographic medium. His work is distinguished by original and playful conceptual approaches that particularly explore photographic conventions, means of representation and claims to truth. He challenges concepts of science and fiction in interdisciplinary projects that extend far beyond the gallery space. In addition to his photographic practice, Joan Fontcuberta’s capacities as a writer, teacher and curator have been greatly inspirational to the younger generation.


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


Ute Eskildsen (chair), Professor – Head of the Department of Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany until 2012.


Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor, Photography Department, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Great Britain.


Marcel Feil, Deputy-Director, Artistic Affairs, Foam Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Agnès Sire, Director, Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France.