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).
Jury members for the sixth Prix Pictet are Financial Times arts writer Peter Aspden; Victoria & Albert Museum senior curator Martin Barnes; Philippe Bertherat, a former Pictet Group managing partner; photographer Edward Burtynsky; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris curator of photography Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais; Tel Aviv Museum of Art curator Nili Goren; architect Wang Shu; Whitney Museum of Art photography curator Elisabeth Sussman; and the U.K. Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, who is serving as chair of the jury.
More than 700 photographers were nominated for the sixth cycle of the prize.
Previous Prix Pictet winners include Michael Schmidt, Luc Delahaye, Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander and Benoit Aquin.
The winner will be announced by Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary general, on November 12, 2015, at the opening of an exhibition of works by the shortlisted photographers at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. One of the shortlisted photographers will also receive a commission from Pictet Group to create a new project.
The Prix Pictet exhibition will travel the world, and the organization will publish a book of the work of the shortlisted photographers and select nominated photographers.
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