The Prix Pictet prize was started in 2008 is now in its 7th cycle. The prize awards photographers who draw attention to important social and environmental issues through their work. Photography is such a powerful art form when it comes to activism; for drawing attention and creating a sense of realism for the viewer. This aspect is highlighted through the fact entry is strictly by nomination. Since 2008, around 3500 artists have been nominated for the award, exposing the fragility of our planet in their photography
Each year of Prix Pictet has highlighted a different facet of sustainability which have included: water, earth, growth, power, consumption and disorder. This year’s theme is space: asking photographers to portray their ideas on the current state of affairs. Twelve shortlisted artists will exhibit on a range of issues from concerns of growing consumption and immigration, to natural disasters.
The winner will be announced in May. Highlights of the exhibition will include the German master photographer Micheal Wolf’s ‘Tokyo Compression’. Living large parts of his life in Asian mega-cities such as Tokyo, he captures beautiful yet abrupt images on daily life and work culture. Benny Lam will also be showing with a surreal edge to head on photographs of cramped conditions in Hong Kong.
This is one of the most important exhibitions to see in 2017, so make time and get down to the Victorian and Albert. The exhibition opens next week. You can also get hold of a book covering each of the themes. Containing more captivating works from nominees, it is published worldwide.
Opening on the 6th of May at the Porter Gallery,V&A Museum, London, the exhibition will run until the 28th May 2017. Admission is Free.