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Daido Moriyama Wins $110,000 Hasselblad Award for Photography

Daido Moriyama.

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The Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, has given its annual Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography to Daido Moriyama. Through the prize, the Tokyo-based photographer will take home 1,000,000 Swedish krona (about $110,000), and the foundation will host a symposium this October about Moriyama that coincides with a solo show of his work.

Moriyama is widely known for his risqué photographs of Japan in the postwar era. His pictures chronicle the country as its people’s sexual mores drastically shifted and as its urban centers rapidly modernized. One of the most celebrated artists in the Japanese art world, Moriyama has also won the International Center of Photography’s lifetime achievement award.

“Moriyama’s images embrace a highly subjective but authentic approach,” the award’s jury wrote in a statement. “Reflecting a harsh vision of city life and its chaos of everyday existence and unusual characters, his work occupies a unique space between the illusory and the real.”

That jury was chaired by Paul Roth, a curator and director at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, and also included Ann-Christin Bertrand, a curator at the C/O Berlin foundation; Susanna Brown, a photography curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Kristen Lubben, the executive director of the Magnum Foundation in New York; and Thyago Noguiera, a curator at the Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo.

The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world. Past artists to have won it include Cindy Sherman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Malick Sidibé, David Goldblatt, and Graciela Iturbide.

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