PRIX PICTET : PRIZE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUSTAINABILITY ‘DISORDER’

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Ilit Azoulay, Matthew Brandt, Maxim Dondyuk, Alixandra Fazzina, Ori Gersht, John Gossage, Pieter Hugo, Gideon Mendel, Sophie Ristelhueber, Brent Stirton, Yang Yongliang and the winner of the prize, Valérie Belin

The CAB is pleased and honoured to welcome, for the second year in a row, the Prix Pictet Prize for Photography and Sustainability. Work by the twelve of outstanding photographers shortlisted for the prize will be exhibited at CAB from 26th of Februrary untill the 26th of March 2016.

This sixth edition of the Prix Pictet Prize awards Valérie Belin for her series « Still Life » in which she explores the form of vanitas in subtle but complex compositions.

Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group in Switzerland, 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 showcases leading photographers’ contributions to the debate about the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

« Our times, says Kofi Annan, are defined by Disorder – disorder, at the very moment in human history when we almost dared imagine that no problem was beyond our capacity to solve.
Remarkable advances in medicine have helped to eradicate scores of formerly fatal diseases. We are capable of breathtaking feats of engineering – raising mighty dams, flood defences and soaring earthquake-proof buildings. Our mastery over manifold aspects of life has deluded us into thinking that we have bent the planet to our will. Yet the fragility of that assumption is exposed with each new pandemic, earthquake, tsunami or drought. With each passing day our illusion of order is shattered. »

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