March 8th, 2013

Joan Fontcuberta Wins $143,000 Hasselblad Prize

© Joan Fontcuberta.

© Joan Fontcuberta.

Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta has won the 2013 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The award comes with a 110,000 Euro (approximately $143,000 US) prize, an exhibition at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden in October and a new book of Fontcuberta’s work, to be published by Mack. The award was delivered at a ceremony in Barcelona on March 7.

In its citation accompanying the award, the Hasselblad Foundation commended Fontcuberta’s “30-year achievement of constantly investigating and questioning the photographic medium.” A prolific writer, curator and teacher, Fontcuberta has used photography to create witty fictions that playfully undermine the trustworthiness of photography.

The full story is now on PDNOnline.

* Photo: In his 1997 book Sputnik, Joan Fontcuberta cast himself as the ill-fated cosmonaut Ivan Istochnikov. 

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