2012 Hasselblad Award Goes to Photographer Paul Graham

Paul Graham. (Courtesy PMC)

British photographer Paul Graham has won this year’s Hasselblad Award, an annual prize given to “a photographer recognized for major achievements,” according to The Guardian. The award comes with a roughly $150,000 prize and an exhibition at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

In the citation announcing the award, the foundation stated:

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.

Mr. Graham recently signed with the Pace Gallery. His work is on view at Pace’s 545 West 22nd Street branch in Chelsea.