Joan Fontcuberta - 2013 Hasselblad Award Winner

Frottogrammes series: "Monadenium shubei", 1987
© Joan Fontcuberta

Joan Fontcuberta
Photo: Patrice Josserand, 2012

The Hasselblad Foundation has announced that Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta is the recipient of the 2013 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

Sputnik series: "Official portrait of Ivan Istochnikov", 1997
 "A message in a vodka bottle wanders around the cosmos", 1997
© Joan Fontcuberta

The Foundation's citation:
"Joan Fontcuberta is one of the most inventive contemporary photographers, with an over 30-year achievement of constantly investigating and questioning the photographic medium. His work is distinguished by original and playful conceptual approaches that particularly explore photographic conventions, means of representation and claims to truth. He challenges concepts of science and fiction in interdisciplinary projects that extend far beyond the gallery space. In addition to his photographic practice, Joan Fontcuberta’s capacities as a writer, teacher and curator have been greatly inspirational to the younger generation."

Miracles & Co series: "Miracle of levitation", 2002 
© Joan Fontcuberta

The exhibition of Joan Fontcuberta’s works will be opened at the Hasselblad Center on 25th October, 2013 and will be curated by Dragana Vujanovic and Louise Wolthers.

Hasselblad Foundation website

Have a look at previous winners of this award - for example from the 1980's - some great photographers there

1989 Sebastião Salgado
1988 Edouard Boubat
1987 Hiroshi Hamaya
1986 Ernst Haas
1985 Irving Penn
1984 Manuel Alvarez Bravo
1983 No prize awarded
1982 Henri Cartier-Bresson
1981 Ansel Adams
1980 Lennart Nilsson