Thursday, July 16, 2015

Prix Pictet - shortlist announced

Harvey Benge - Pieter Hugo talks, Auckland January 2012
The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the sixth Prix Pictet, on the theme Disorder, was announced last Friday.

The photographers are: Ilit Azoulay, born Jaffa 1972, lives and works Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel • Valérie Belin, born Boulogne-Billancourt 1964, lives and works Paris, France • Matthew Brandt, born Los Angeles 1982, lives and works Los Angeles, USA • Maxim Dondyuk, born Polyan’ 1983, lives and works Nova Kabovka, Ukraine • Alixandra Fazzina, born London 1974, lives and works London, UK • Ori Gersht, born Tel Aviv 1967, lives and works London, UK • John Gossage, born New York 1946, lives and works Washington DC, USA • Pieter Hugo, born Johannesburg 1976, lives and works Cape Town, South Africa • Gideon Mendel, born Johannesburg 1959, lives and works London, UK • Sophie Ristelhueber, born Paris 1949, lives and works Paris, France • Brent Stirton, born Durban 1969, lives and works New York, USA • Yang Yongliang, born Shanghai 1980, lives and works Shanghai, China

The winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced by Honorary President Kofi Annan on 12 November 2015, on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition of works by the twelve shortlisted photographers at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Now in its sixth cycle, the Prix Pictet was founded by the Pictet Group in 2008. Today the Prix Pictet is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. On an 18-month cycle the award focuses on a theme that promotes discussion and debate on issues of sustainability. The prize of 100,000 Swiss francs is awarded for a body of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award, which in this cycle is Disorder.

Each cycle of the Prix Pictet tours the world, including exhibitions in over a dozen countries annually, bringing the work of the shortlisted photographers before a wide international audience. The Disorder tour begins in January 2016 with shows in Rome and Geneva.

The Prix Pictet is published in book form, with extensive documentation of the work of each of the shortlisted photographers together with images from the wider group of nominees and essays by leading writers on the theme of the prize.

Harvey Benge - John Gossage, Paris Photo 2011

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