Lee Friedlander

25th Hasselblad Award Winner – 2005

The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation has selected American photographer Lee Friedlander to receive the 2005 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The prize, consisting of SEK 500,000 (approximately USD 70,000) and a gold medal, will be presented at a ceremony held in Göteborg, Sweden, on November 19, 2005. A new exhibition of Lee Friedlander’s work, curated and organized by the Hasselblad Center, will be opened in conjunction with the ceremony.


The Foundation’s citation in conjunction with the decision to award the 2005 prize to Lee Friedlander was as follows:


Lee Friedlander is among the most significant, inventive and influential contemporary photographers, with a lifetime achievement spanning the last fifty years. What distinguishes Friedlander’s work is not primarily his technique, but the visual and aesthetic concepts he applies. By recording phenomena of everyday life and by critical observation of the world around him Friedlander has been central in defining a whole genre based on the concept of the “social landscape.” His work embodies a “new documentary paradigm”, in which stylistic innovations and freedom from established formal practices has influenced the work of subsequent generations of photographers.


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


Øivind Storm Bjerke, (chairman) Professor, History of Art, University of Oslo, Norway, Marta Gili, Head of Photography and Visual Arts Department, Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain, Gilane Tawadros, Director, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London, United Kingdom, Peter Weiermair, Director, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy and Thomas Weski, Chief Curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.