Hasselblad Award for Rineke Dijkstra

Photographer Rineke Dijkstra will receive the Hasselblad Award for her entire oeuvre. The prize will be awarded by the Swedish Hasselblad Foundation. Dijkstra is the first Dutch photographer to receive this ‘Nobel prize for photography’.

Dijkstra will receive the prize, consisting of 1 million Swedish kroner (ca. 100 000 euro), a gold medal and a diploma, on 9 October at the Hasselblad Center in Goteborg. An exhibition with Dijkstra’s work will open at the same time and a catalogue designed by Irma Boom will be presented.

Winning this yearly award puts Dijkstra on the list of big names in photography, which includes Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The award celebrates photographers who have left their mark on art photography and function as an example for young photographers.

The judges said that Dijkstra ‘is one of the most significant contemporary artists working in photographic portraiture. Her large-scale photographs focus on the thematics of identity, typically capturing her subjects at moments of transition or vulnerability.’

Rineke Dijkstra was born in 1959 in Sittard, The Netherlands. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and lives and works in Amsterdam.