Hasse Persson has a major role within Swedish photography, both as an artist and as director at various institutions. He has been a curator at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg and Kulturhuset in Stockholm and has produced several major photographic exhibitions in the 2000s. During his six years as director of Borås Konstmuseum, he managed to create national attention for exhibitions including Hilma af Klint, Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, and Olafur Eliasson. In 2008, he initiated Borås International Sculpture Biennial. Since 2012, Hasse Persson, is the director of Konsthallen Strandverket at Marstrand, Sweden.
In 2011 he was awarded the honourable His Majesty the King Medal for his aesthetic achievements as a photographer. Hasse Persson's work is represented in a number of Swedish museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm.