INTERNATIONAL SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
The shortlist for the Third Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability, has just been announced. The theme for this year’s edition is Growth.
It’s great to see that both Taryn Simon, see earlier post, and for that matter, Vera Lutter, who makes large-scale pinhole cameras and who I mentioned in a report on photo-london for Hotshoe back in 2004, are in the running.
The shortlisted artists are:
Christian Als (Denmark)
Edward Burtynsky (Canada)
Stéphane Couturier (France)
Mitch Epstein (US)
Chris Jordan (US)
Yeondoo Jung (Korea)
Vera Lutter (Germany)
Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
Taryn Simon (US)
Thomas Struth (Germany)
Guy Tillim (South Africa)
Michael Wolf (Germany)
The winner will be announced by HE Kofi Annan at the award ceremony in Paris on Thursday 17 March 2011.
The shortlist was chosen by an independent jury from submissions by over 450 photographers from five continents, put forward by the Prix Pictet worldwide network of nominators.
The eight-member jury consists of a panel of international experts including Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer, curator and activist; Peter Aspden, the Financial Times arts writer; Michael Fried, art historian and critic; Loa Haagen Pictet, curator of Pictet & Cie’s art collection; Nadav Kander, the 2009 winner of the Prix Pictet; Christine Loh, chief executive of Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, and a leading environmental campaigner; and Fumio Nanjo, director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
“The jury looked for photographic series of the highest artistic merit that also presented a convincing narrative about the critical issues of sustainability and in particular, the theme of Growth. Growth, which lifts countless millions out of poverty, also has a huge and potentially unsustainable environmental cost. It presents one of the great conundrums facing humanity in the early decades of the twenty-first century.”
For the bios of the 12 shortlisted, see over.