Hasselblad Award in Photography to David Goldblatt

South African photographer David Goldblatt has been awarded the 2006 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for his lifelong portrayal of the social and political life in his home country.

75 year old Goldblatt will receive the US$63,000 prize and a gold medal at a ceremony on November 25th in Gothenburg.

An exhibit featuring Goldblatt’s works will also be displayed at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenborg.

According to the Hasselblad Foundation, Goldblatt’s ”acute historical and political perception provides a sense of the texture of daily life, and an important piece of missing information regarding life under apartheid in South Africa.”

Goldblatt is a native of Randfontein, a gold mining town outside Johannesburg, who ventured into photography during high school.

Several collections of his photographs have been published as books, and his works have been displayed at museums all over the world.

The award was announced on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Victor Hasselblad, founder of the Hasselblad camera equipment company.

The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation promotes scientific education and research in natural sciences and photography.