The Hasselblad Foundation was established in 1979 under the terms of the last will and testament of Erna and Victor Hasselblad. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote scientific education and research in photography and the natural sciences. The Foundation’s annual international award for outstanding achievements in photography, is considered one of the most prestigious photography awards worldwide.
The Foundation holds a collection of photographic art focusing on the Hasselblad Award Winners and Nordic photographers. In the Hasselblad Center, situated in the Gothenburg Museum of Art, three exhibitions are shown annually, one of which presents works by the current year’s Hasselblad Award Winner. Further stipends for studies and residencies are awarded each year, and the Foundation itself is actively engaged in the field of academic and artistic research through the publication of books, organization of seminars, and other public events.