prix pictet 2011 exhibition
‘highway #5 by edward burtynsky
prix pictet 2011
exhibitionpassage de retz gallery, paris
march 17th – april 16th
an exhibition for the shortlist of photographers in the 2011 prix pictet photography and sustainability competition will be held at the passage de retz gallery in paris from march 17th to april 16th. the winner will be announced on opening day and will be rewarded with 100,000 swiss francs and commissioned to undertake a trip to kenya where pictet & cie is supporting the work of the tusk trust. launched in 2008 by the geneva-based private bank pictet & cie, the prix pictet has established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. with the goal to uncover art of the highest order and apply it to confront the social and environmental challenges of the modern age.
‘kibera – shadow city’ by christian als
thematically centered around water, earth, and now growth, each year the photographs ‘highlight the beauty of the earth we share. but they also expose the damage, deliberately or carelessly, we are inflicting on ourown environment. so these images are a celebration and a reminder of the urgent need to change our ways.’ – kofi annan, the prix pictet honorary president.
‘midway, cf000313, 2009′ by chris jordan
the nominators for the competition are a group of leading experts in the visual arts from around the world including directors of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. the jury for final selection of the winner consists of an internationally recognized panel of experts that look for the photographs of the highest artistic quality and which best contribute to public awareness of issues involving sustainability.
‘the hell of copper’ by nyaba leon ouedraogo
‘usine toyota no 1′ by stéphanie couturier
‘amos coal power plant, raymond city, west virginia 2004′ by mitch epstein
‘paradise 15′ by thomas struth
‘zeppelin, friedrichshafalen, I: august 10 – 13, 1999′ by vera lutter
‘nuclear waste encapsulation and storage facility’ by taryn simon
the london based cultural consultancy candlestar ltd produces the prix pictet. as well as acting as the secretariat for the award and administering prix pictet ltd, the team at candlestar manage all of the administrative, artistic, logistical and curatorial aspects of the prix pictet award and the global exhibition tour.