US photographer scoops Hasselblad title
April 15, 2009
American photographer Robert Adams has been named as this year’s winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
Adams, from Oregon, won a $60,000 diploma and a gold medal for his documentation of the American West landscape.
He is the 29th winner of the award which was set up by Victor Hasselblad, founder of the famous camera company.
Announcing his win, judges hailed Adams as ‘one of the most important and influential photographers of the last 40 years’.
The citation added: ‘During that time he has worked almost exclusively in the American West, and as photography has altered and fragmented, he has refined and reaffirmed its inherent language, adapting the legacies of nineteenth century and modernist photography to his own very singular purpose.
‘Precise and undramatic, Adams’ accumulative vision of the West now stands as a formidable document, reflecting broader, global concerns about the environment, while consistently recognising signs of human aspiration and elements of hope across a particular changing landscape.’
A selection of his winning images can be seen HERE