British photographer Paul Graham has been nominated the recipient of the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, worth SEK 1,000,000 (approximately GBP 95,000).
The award ceremony took place on 8 March when Ambassador Nicola Clase presented Paul Graham with a diploma, gold medal and prize cheque at a reception at Darthmouth House in London.
The Foundation's motivation regarding the decision to award the prize to Paul was:
'Paul Graham is one of the most brilliant photographers of his generation. During the course of his nearly 40-year career, he has presented an extremely focused body of work, at once perfectly coherent and never monotonous. In images both sensitive and subtly political, he makes tangible the insignificant traces of ″the spirit of the times″ we do not normally see. With his keen awareness of the photographic medium, he has constantly developed innovative forms of working with all aspects of photography. This makes him a profound force for renewal of the deep photographic tradition of
engagement with the world.'
An exhibition of his work will open on October 26, 2012 at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. A number of seminars will take place in association with the exhibition.
For further information please see the Hasselblad Foundation's website.