Hasselblad Foundation's World Stars of Photography

How many of the following photographers have you heard of?

Graciela Iturbide, Nan Goldin, David Goldblatt, Lee Friedlander, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Malick Sidibé, Jeff Wall, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Boris Mikhailov, Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston, Christer Strömholm, Robert Frank, Robert Häusser, Susan Meiselas, Sune Jonsson, Josef Koudelka, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Sebastião Salgado, Edouard Boubat, Hiroshi Hamaya, Ernst Haas, Irving Penn, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Lennart Nilsson

I have heard of only nine and can recall in my mind images by merely six of them — what a shame!  But anyhow, what do these artists have in common?  Well, they are all winners of the Hasselblad International Award in Photography — in the Foundation’s own words, “the most important prize in photography in the world today.”

So, how much would it be worth to you to see original prints by all these artists?  Please think about it before reading any further!

And now — drum roll please! — how about a trip to Mannheim, Germany?  Because until Jan 11, 2009 the Hasselblad Foundation together with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen are showing, for the first time ever apparently, a collective exhibit of all winners of the Award!  You can find more details here, and the entrance price is just 10 EUR.

I will try to see the exhibit and post my impressions on this blog soon.

Copyright Richard Avedon
Copyright Richard Avedon