Hasselblad Award Winner 1996
The Hasselblad award was presented for the 16th time on Saturday 8 March 1997. The award winner, Robert Frank, New York City, received the award from Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian, at a ceremony at Artisten in Göteborg. The award sum was SEK 270,000. Robert Frank used his award sum to establish the Robert Frank Scholarship Foundation, which presents scholarships to students at The School of Photography and Film at Göteborg University. In conjunction with the ceremony an exhibit of the award winner’s work, Robert Frank –1996 Hasselblad award winner, opened at the Hasselblad Center at the Göteborg Art Museum.
The Foundation’s citation:
Robert Frank is one of today’s leading visual artists. He has contributed to a renewal in the fields of both documentary and fine art photography and within ‘independent American film art’. Having as his starting point the objective realism of the art of the 1930s, Frank has pursued his distinctive search for truth, whatever the medium, with determination and consistency. His pictures have had a decisive influence on generations of photographers, painters, filmmakers, critics and writers.