Prix Pictet 07 – Space

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Since it was launched in 2008, the Prix Pictet has become the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability. Each edition of the prize has unearthed powerful images that speak to today’s vast societal, environmental, and cultural challenges. The award’s seventh cycle, Space, is an invitation to artists to explore topics as diverse as overpopulation, deforestation, cyber space, and territorial conflicts. Central to this year’s theme is the concept of humanity’s role as guardians of space—and its failures in protecting it. The space of the natural world, from our planet’s oceans and wild forests to outer space, is equally touched upon.

Featuring the work of the award’s shortlisted photographers as well as other nominees, this new book presents a poignant visual journey into a world defined by man’s complex relationship with space. Accompanied by a foreword by honorary president Kofi Annan, it’s a chronicle of some of the most critical problems facing modern society—and a celebration of the thought-provoking photographs made by artists who have the courage to confront such issues through their work.

The Prix Pictet Space finalists are:

  • Mandy Barker (United Kingdom)
  • Saskia Groneberg (Germany)
  • Beate Guetschow (Germany)
  • Rinko Kawauchi (Japan)
  • Benny Lam (Hong Kong)
  • Richard Mosse (Ireland)
  • Wasif Munem (Bangladesh)
  • Sohei Nishino (Japan)
  • Sergey Ponomarev (Russia)
  • Thomas Ruff (Germany)
  • Pavel Wolberg (Russia)
  • Michael Wolf (Germany)

The Prix Pictet aims to harness the power of photography – all genres of photography – to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. In its seventh cycle since inception in 2008, the Prix Pictet turns a spotlight on the theme of Space.

This book presents examples from the portfolios submitted by the more than 700 photographers nominated for Space by a network of 296 nominators worldwide. The book also includes full details of the portfolios submitted by the 12 artists shortlisted by the independent jury.

Space is a wide-ranging theme, examining subjects as diverse as overpopulation, territorial dispute, air pollution, cyber space, windborne diseases, hurricanes, as well as the fragility of the planet’s great wildernesses and our tendency to fill space – from the oceans to outer space – with debris.

As a group, the photographers in this book depict a world in which it is, as Kofi Annan writes in his foreword, “… not too late for us to reverse the damage we have done. The artists shortlisted for Space have shone a light on the issues. We ignore them at our peril.”

  • This book will accompany the ceremony and exhibition of work by shortlisted artists that opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on May 4, 2017
     
  • After its debut in London, the Prix Pictet Space will tour globally. The winner of Prix Pictet Space will be invited to give a special presentation at Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival in July 2017. The Prix Pictet Space will embark on a world tour with exhibitions in Tokyo, Moscow, New York, Brussels, Zurich and Stuttgart. Further details of tour venues may be found on the Prix Pictet website www.prixpictet.com.
  • A must-have for anyone interested in photography, sustainability, and conservation
     

Photos © Sergey Ponomarev, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Saskia Groneberg, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Courtesy of Benny Lam (photographs), Kwong Chi Kit and Dave Ho (concept), Prix Pictet 2017 | © Sohei Nishino, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London and Prix Pictet 2017 | © Michael Wolf, Flowers Gallery, London and Prix Pictet 2017 | © Thomas Ruff, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Mandy Barker, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Beate Gütschow, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2017, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Courtesy of the artist and Project 88. The project is partially supported by Samdani | © Pavel Wolberg, Prix Pictet 2017 | © Courtesy of Benny Lam (photographs), Kwong Chi Kit and Dave Ho (concept), Prix Pictet 2017

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