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Prix Pictet 2017 “SPACE” February 25, 2017

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The Swiss-backed international prize Prix Pictet aims to recognise excellent photography, while also exploring the global issues surrounding the environment and sustainability.

In the past it has organised shortlisted photographers’ works around appropriate themes, such as water, earth, power and consumption. However, 2017’s theme, space, is less obviously ecological.

One of 2017’s photographers, the Düsseldorf School’s Thomas Ruff, interprets this theme quite literally, with images of the surface of Mars, taken by a high-resolution camera aboard a NASA spacecraft.

However, others get at the theme more obliquely. The acclaimed Irish photographer and Magnum member Richard Mosse’s work Heat Maps captures European migrants’ journeys using thermal imaging technology; Russia’s Sergey Ponomarev documents the struggle for space within the Middle East; while German photographer Michael Wolf’s Tokyo Compression series looks at the chronic overcrowding on Japanese public transport.

There shouldn’t be quite such a squash at the accompanying exhibition, which runs from now until 28 May 2017 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, though space will be a bit more of a premium on 4 May, when the prize’s honorary president, Kofi Annan, presents the winning photographer with 100,000 Swiss Francs.

Prix Pictet 2016 March 15, 2016

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Maxim Dondyuk nominated for the Prix Pictet. July 12, 2015

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Last night at a screening at Les Rencontres d’Arles, the Prix Pictet Chairman, Stephen Barber, announced the shortlist for the sixth Prix Pictet.

The shortlist features work by 12 artists from 7 countries on 4 continents. In making their selection, the independent jury, chaired by Sir David King, praised the outstanding quality of the portfolios under review.

The full shortlist is as follows; Ilit Azoulay (Israel), Valérie Belin (France), Matthew Brandt (USA), Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine), Alixandra Fazzina (UK), Ori Gersht (Israel), John Gossage (USA), Pieter Hugo (South Africa), Gideon Mendel (South Africa), Sophie Ristelhueber (France), Brent Stirton (South Africa) and Yang Yongliang (China).

The winner of the sixth Prix Pictet award will be announced by Kofi Annan at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on Thursday 12 November 2015.

Prix Pictet Disorder will then embark on a world tour beginning with scheduled exhibitions in Rome and Geneva, followed by planned shows in Shanghai, Barcelona, Lagos, Moscow, Brussels, Berlin and New York.

The work from the shortlisted artists, together with outstanding images from the wider selection will appear in the book Disorder, to be published by teNeues in November. The portfolios of the shortlisted artists can be viewed at www.prixpictet.com/portfolios 

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Image: Yongliang Yang ©Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Ukraine’s Maxim Dondyuk is one of the nominated photographers for the Prix Pictet. Huge congratulations to a  man who has covered the Ukrainian conflict with respect and courage.

Culture of the Confrontation, his work from the Maidan (Independence Square in Kyiv) received an important award from Visa Pour L’Image earlier this year. We wish him and all the nominees the best of luck.

Photo Maxim Dondyuk




Prix Pictet POWER September 29, 2012

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The Prix Pictet is the world’s leading photography and sustainability prize supported by the Swiss bank Pictet & Cie. The Prix Pictet sets out to find photographs that communicate important messages about global environmental issues under a broad theme. Entry to the Prix Pictet is by nomination. The nominators for the Prix Pictet are a group of leading experts in the visual arts, including directors and curators of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. They lead the search for a series of images that have the power and artistic quality demanded by the Prix. Each nominator is invited to propose a maximum of five photographers. The prize will be awarded in early October.

The theme of the fourth cycle of the Prix Pictet is Power which as a theme has great creative reach. Power embraces contradiction and paradox in equal measure. The same forces that result in disaster and despair can also generate hope and renewal. Advances in technology to generate renewable energy mean that the powers of the wind, the sea and the sun can now be converted into sustainable forms of energy.

The shortlisted artists are: