July 10th, 2015

Shortlist for $105K Prix Pictet Announced

Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

The organizers of the Prix Pictet today announced the 12 photographers on the shortlist for the sixth cycle of the award, which was founded by Swiss private bank Pictet Group. At CHF 100,000 CHF ($105,487), the Prix Pictet is one of the richest prizes for photography.

Each of the six cycles of the Prix Pictet have centered on a particular theme related to sustainability. The theme for the sixth Prix Pictet is Disorder. In a statement announcing the theme at a reception in November 2014, Prix Pictet chair Stephen Barber said: “The eternal struggle between order and chaos is the central tension of our times. Throughout the world there are examples of attempts to impose order without a clear understanding of the long-term consequences of so doing. With each passing day the illusion of order is shattered in a thousand different ways.” Previous themes have included Consumption, Power, Growth, Earth and Water.

The shortlisted photographers for the 2015 prize are: Ilit Azoulay (Israel); Valérie Belin (France); Matthew Brandt (U.S.); Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine); Alixandra Fazzina (U.K.); Ori Gersht (Israel); John Gossage (U.S.); Pieter Hugo (South Africa); Gideon Mendel (South Africa); Sophie Ristelhueber (France); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Yang Yongliang (China). (more…)

December 5th, 2011

Kawauchi, Hugo Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse Prize

© Pieter Hugo, from Permanent Error

The Photographers’ Gallery in London has announced the four artists shortlisted for the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The prize of £30,000 (about $47,000 US) is awarded to a living artist who has made a significant contribution to photography in Europe between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.

Rinko Kawauchi of Japan is nominated for the French edition of her book Illuminance, which was published earlier this year in Germany by Kehrer Verlag (the book originated and was published in the US by Aperture, and Éditions Xavier Barral published the French edition).  For more on the book, see “In a Moment,” PDN March.

South Africa-based photographer Pieter Hugo is nominated for his book Permanent Error, portraits of men and boys working in a dump  for toxic electronic waste in Ghana. (See our story on the project, “Digital Divide,” PDN, May.) The book was published by Prestel.

British-born artist John Stezaker, who makes photographic collages, was nominated for his 40-year retrospective, exhibited this year at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

American Christopher Williams is nominated for a show of his work at the Budweis in the Czech Republic. Williams, “as much conceptual artist as photographer,” according to Photographers Gallery, has been creating images of cameras, vehicles and other technical devices for 40 years.

The jurors for this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize are François Hébel, Director, Les Rencontres d’Arles; photographer Martin Parr; Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.

The winner will be announced in April 2012. Previous winners of the prize have included Jim Goldberg, Juergen Teller, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Adams and Andreas Gursky.

Related stories:
Notable Photo Books 2011, Part 2

Jim Goldberg Wins $50,000 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

March 7th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Pieter Hugo’s “Control” Music Video

Photographer Pieter Hugo co-directed this video for South African artist/dj Spoek Mathambo’s “Control,” a very tangy cover of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control.” The Cape Town-based Hugo,known for his books and exhibitions Nollywood and The Hyena & Other Men, and cinematographer Michael Cleary shot the video in a hostel in Langa, Cape Town, with a cast of local teens including members of the Happy Feet dance troupe.

Watch and see how long it takes to get the song, or the imagery, out of your head.

Fulll credits and cast list can be found on Vimeo.

(Via Wayne Lawrence Photography)