U.S. photographer Robert Adams has won Sweden’s 2009 Hasselblad Award for his modernist documentation of the American West.
Organizers say he received the 500,000 kronor ($60,000) diploma and gold medal prize at a joint news conference and awards ceremony in San Francisco on Tuesday. It was staged ahead of schedule and moved from its traditional Swedish venue because 71-year-old Adams does not travel due to health reasons.
In its citation, the jury said Wednesday that Adams is “one of the most important and influential photographers of the last 40 years,” praising his ability to document the impact of human activity on the landscape.
Adams has won numerous awards for his work, which include The New West, Summer Nights and Turning Back.