Walid Raad (*1967) is one of the most original and singular contemporary artists using photography. He has been widely acclaimed for his project “The Atlas Group” in which Raad generated original ideas about the relationship between documentary photography, archive and history. In order to document and investigate Lebanon’s contemporary history, Raad developed innovative methods of approaching the imagery of war and the way political and social conflict can be explored in art. Through Raad’s work we are able to question the traditional iconography of war photography and speculate productively on visuality, memory and violence.
Walid Raad has been selected as the 31st winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. It is recognized as one of the most important prizes for photography in the world today.