2012 Hasselbald award has been awarded to Paul Graham, this award is presented every year to a photographer identified for important achievements. For the first time, a British photographer has won the most popular award. Robert Adams, William Eggleston and Nan Goldin were among the previous winners.
Graham, who had an important contemplative at the Whitechapel Gallery in London last year, is a photographer who is learned by himself. He was born in Buckinghamshire and found photography through the books of famous American pioneers like Paul Strand, Walker Evans and Robert Frank. Since early 1990s he has lived in New York. At first, Graham gathered critical acclaim with his documentary work, comprising A1 The Great North Road in 1983, a document recorded in color along the British motorway, and Beyond Caring in 1985, which was recorded in unemployment offices. Earlier, Graham was a lead of color in Britain, his work affecting following generations of teenage photographers.
In accordance to what was believably the last best generation of photographers of British documentary in 1980s, Graham was the most self questioning and forward thinking. Soon his work took on a more oval style and way of viewing, always challenging the received ideas of what forms documentary photography. Possibly the most exciting instance is 2003’s American Night, a suggestive visual enquiry of the racial and social problems of the country through the use of pictures that were overexposed often. He published A Shimmer of Possbility in 2009, it is a book of 12 volume that could be read as a vague short stories series.