Japanese photographer Daidō Moriyama has been announced the winner of the prestigious Hasselblad International Award 2019. According to the Hasselblad Foundation, “he has been awarded for being one of the most recognized photographers in Japan, famous for his radical approach to both the medium and the subject. His bold and uncompromising style has helped engender widespread recognition of Japanese photography within an international context. Influenced by photographer William Klein, the writings of Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin and the experimental theatre of Shūji Terayama, Moriyama in turn has inspired subsequent generations of photographers, not only in Japan, but also around the world”.
Moriyama contributed to the photographic renewal that took place in Japan after the Second World War, in parallel to the great economic and cultural transformations of this period, marked by social clashes, mainly against the American heritage of the occupation. A rupture caused by the magazine Provoke (1968-1970), of which he was a member, and which understood photography as an alternative language.
Some of his bodies of work developed during this period are currently at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art. About thirty pieces belonging to the Per Amor a l’Art Collection are part of the exhibition The Gaze of Things. Japanese Photography In the Context of Provoke, currently on display. The exhibition can be visited for free until February 2020.
THE HASSELBLAD INTERNATIONAL AWARD IN PHOTOGRAPHY 2019
The Hasselblad Award is an international photography prize given annually by the Hasselblad Foundation. It takes its name from the Swedish industrialist and photographer Victor Hasselblad, inventor of the Hasselblad 6 x 6 centimetres single lens and the 1600F, which in 1969 became world famous when NASA chose it for the first trip to the moon.
Established in 1980 in the city of Göteborg and endowed with € 110,000, it is the most important award in the world of photography. Previous editions recognised the life work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Susan Meiselas, David Goldblatt, Óscar Muñoz or Paul Graham.