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Hasselblad Award

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Hasselblad Award

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The recipient of the 1999 Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is Cindy Sherman. Sherman was born in New Jersey in 1954 and grew up in Long Island. She graduated from Buffalo State College in New York in 1976 and moved to New York City soon after. In 1980 Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills" series (197780) was exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas and at Metro Pictures in New York City. Often grainy and high in contrast, these photographs recreated the look of publicity stills for B movies with Sherman herself playing the role of the main character in various scenarios. The Foundation proclaims that through this and other early work Sherman "set a new agenda for contemporary photography."

Throughout the 1980s and '90s Sherman continued to challenge cultural and social preconceptions by exploring the position and representation of women in a society dominated by media and consumer culture. Her "Untitled Series" (fairy tales) (1985) and "History Portraits" (1989-90) explored the division between the real and the imaginary while simultaneously commenting on the position of women in history. …

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