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David Goldblatt - Award Ceremony

As is customary in the latter part of the year, the annual Hasselblad Award prize-giving ceremony took place in Göteborg. This time it was the turn of David Goldblatt at the Göteborg City Theatre on Saturday 25 November.

David Goldblatt is probably best known for his images from the apartheid period in South Africa and the ceremony embodied the spirit of South Africa with music, flowers and colorful dress.


Bo Myhrman, Managing Director of the Hasselblad Foundation, presented the ceremony while Marta Gili, Chair of the Prize Committee talked about David Goldblatt and his work under the heading of "Photography under tension".

 


An interesting dialogue also took place between David Goldblatt and the ambassador of South Africa, H E Mrs Gladys Sonto Kudjoe, where some of David’s images were discussed under the title of "Everyday life in South Africa, past and present".


This year the prize was presented by Lennart Nilsson, the first Hasselblad Award winner.


He even showered David Goldblatt with "gold coins" from a chest, to add to the festive feeling.


In keeping with the theme, South African music by Vusi Mahlasela and Jive Connection was performed in the interludes.
The prize-giving ceremony was then followed by the opening of David Goldblatt’s new exhibition at the Hasselblad Center. This was also the venue for the presentation of his new book published in conjunction with the exhibition. The book is a joint production by the Hasselblad Center and Hatje Cantz, Germany.
The day finally concluded with a celebratory dinner at Börsen, the official assembly halls for such occasions in Göteborg.