Germany's Spectrum Award for Iranian Photographer

Monday, September 21, 2009

Active ImageGermany's Sprengel Museum Hannover is set to grant its prestigious Spectrum Award to Iranian documentary photographer Bahman Jalali.

The 65-year-old artist will receive the prize during a retrospective of his work, due in spring 2010 at the Spengel Museum Hannover.

A five-member jury including Geoffrey Batchen, Frits Gierstberg, Christine Frisinghelli, Joachim Werren and Inka Schube selected Jalali as the 2009 winner of the Spectrum Award.

Helen Levitt (2008), Martha Rosler (2005), Sophie Calle (2002), John Baldessari (1999), Thomas Struth (1997) and Robert Adams (1994) are the previous winners of the prize.

Best-known for his documentary photographs of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Bahman Jalali was the curator of Iran's first museum of photography.

His latest photo series, 'Image of Imagination' is a combination of flowers and Persian calligraphy with old Iranian photos. The series was purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes in France.

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