October 9th, 2012

Luc Delahaye Awarded $106,000 Prix Pictet

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“Ambush, Ramadi, 22 July 2006,” by Luc Delahaye.

French photojournalist-turned-artist Luc Delahaye has won the fourth Prix Pictet, the organization announced in a ceremony this evening at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The theme of this year’s prize was “Power.”

Founded by Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie in 2008, the Prix Pictet is awarded to photographers whose work engages with themes of sustainability.

180 experts from around the world nominated 673 artists for the prize. From those the jury selected 12 shortlisted artists, all of whom will be included in an exhibition opening tomorrow, October 10, at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The exhibition will also tour internationally.

Delahaye submitted a portfolio titled “Various works: 2008-2011,” about which he wrote in his artist’s statement:

“I try to put myself in situations that I feel have a certain relevance regarding what we call a shared destiny. The reality I’m interested in is that of people who struggle to act upon it as much as they are subject to it. I sometimes work where power presents itself as a spectacle, as an event produced for or with the media, and my pictures may then take an ironic undertone. But I photograph the ordinary man more often than the leader. I usually stay at the distance where the human relationships are visible, multiple, active and where they remain problematic. I’m interested in narration and in photography’s phenomenological hold on the real.”

Among the other shortlisted photographers were Robert Adams, Rena Effendi, An-My Lê, who just received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, and Joel Sternfeld.

Pictet & Cie, the company that founded the prize, also awarded a commission to nominated photographer Simon Norfolk to travel to and photograph a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.

Previous Prix Pictet winners include Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander and Benoit Aquin.

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July 5th, 2012

Prix Pictet Announces 12 Photographers Shortlisted for $104K Prize

The shortlist of photographers for this year’s Prix Pictet, which carries a prize of 100,000 Swiss francs ($104,496 US) and recognizes photography on social and environmental challenges, was announced at the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival yesterday. All 12 photographers on the short list will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London in October. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive an assignment from Pictet & Cie, the Geneva-based bank that founded the prize in 2008, to visit a region where the bank supports an environmental sustainability project.

The theme of this year’s prize is power. The 12 photo projects have been exhibited or published over the past 12 years. As the haunting slide show on the homepage of the Prix Pictet Web site shows, the projects cover the uses and abuses of power—both political power and energy—and span from Guantanamo Bay to Chernobyl to Fukushima to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The finalists are:

Robert Adams, for Turning Back, 1999
Daniel Beltrá, for his series “Spill,” 2010
Mohamed Bourouissa, for “Périphérique,” 2006
Philippe Chancel, for “Fukushima: The Irresistible Power of Nature,” 2011
Edmund Clark, for Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, 2009
Carl de Keyzer, for Moments Before the Flood, 2009-2011
Luc Delahaye, for various works made between 2008-2011, including work shot in Haiti after the earthquake
Rena Effendi, for “Still Life in the Zone,” 2010
Jacqueline Hassink, for “Arab Domains,” 2005-2006
An-My Lê, for “29 Palms,” 2003-2004
Joel Sternfeld, for When it Changed, 2007
Guy Tillim, for the series “Congo Democratic,” 1997-2006

The finalists were selected from over 600 international nominees by an eight-person jury that includes photographer Mitch Epstein (last year’s Prix Pictet winner), Martin Roth, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Fumio Nanjo, director Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum.

Above: Prix Pictet web site; photo © Carl de Keyzer
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March 17th, 2011

Mitch Epstein Awarded $111K Prix Pictet

American photographer Mitch Epstein is the winner of the third annual Prix Pictet photography prize. Kofi Annan, Prix Pictet’s honorary president, announced the winner at a ceremony in Paris today. The award, which carries a 100,000 CHF ($111,298) prize, was created in 2008 by the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie. It recognizes photographic work on the subject of sustainability.

Epstein was recognized for his project “American Power,” a series of photographs that consider the US energy infrastructure, including both the production and use of energy in the United States. In his artist’s statement, Epstein wrote of the project: “I photographed a consumerist society inured to the consequences of unbridled consumption. Many living in the shadows of power plants despaired their polluted water and air, but did not have the economic resources to relocate. Growth no longer meant progress, but self-destruction.”

The theme for this year’s prize was “Growth.” Themes for the two previous awards were “Water” and “Earth,” given to Benoit Aquin and Nadav Kander, respectively.

The shortlist for this year’s prize included Christian Als, Edward Burtynsky, Chris Jordan, Stéphane Couturier, Yeondoo Jung, Vera Lutter, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, Guy Tillim and Michael Wolf.

In addition to the Prix Pictet, Pictet & Cie also awards a commission to one of the shortlisted photographers, who is invited to travel to a region where the bank is supporting a sustainability project. Chris Jordan received the Growth commission and will travel to the Nakyprat Conservancy in Kenya, Africa.

The judges for this year’s prize were Professor Sir David King (Chair), Shahidul Alam, Peter Aspden, Michael Fried, Loa Haagen Pictet, Nadav Kander, Christine Loh, Fumio Nanjo.

A list of nominators can be found here.