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Alumnus Stan Douglas Wins 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography

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By Roxanne Toronto | filed in Emily Carr Stories

Posted on March 08, 2016 | Updated June 10, 2019, 11:07AM

An artist of outstanding significance, Stan Douglas has received international recognition for his powerful photographic art, as well as his work with video and film.

The Hasselblad Foundation has announced Emily Carr University alumnus Stan Douglas ('82) as the recipient of the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The awards ceremony will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden October 17, 2016. 

The Hasselblad Foundation will host a symposium with Douglas on October 18, followed by the launch of his exhibition at the Hasselblad Center. The exhibition will include a new book published by MACK.


An artist of outstanding significance, Stan Douglas has received international recognition for his powerful photographic art, as well as his work with video and film. His practice reflects carefully and poignantly on the history of photography and film, offering new understandings of the cultural and technological developments of both media. Furthermore, Stan Douglas has an open and highly innovative approach to both analogue and new digital formats. At the heart of his work lies a strong interest and commitment to social issues of race, gender, identity and post-colonial politics, whilst maintaining a valuable self-critical perspective on the role of the artist in contemporary culture.

Hasselblad Foundation Citation

Vancouver-based Douglas is the recipient of the 2012 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, and the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award. The University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 2009 for his profound and longstanding commitment to the arts. 

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