In a couple of months, the judges behind the Prix Pictet – a young but already well-respected photography prize – will announce a high profile shortlist of environmentally-conscious photographers reacting to the theme of Power. The winner – someone who, in the jury’s opinion, “has produced a series of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award,” and which serves to raise public consciousness of worldwide sustainability issues – will claim a CHF 100,000 prize, and a whole lot of praise.
Mitch Epstein won the award last year for his series American Power, a probing collection of pictures seeking to address US energy production issues. And in 2010, Israeli-born, London-based photographer Nadav Kander picked up first place for Yangtze, The Long River, an equally investigative contemplation on the role Asia’s great river plays in the lives of the countless families living on its banks.
Kander was on hand this morning, at a Prix Pictet press breakfast, to congratulate its organisers on the competition’s integrity, which might once have been called into question given the fact the award was founded by Pictet & Cie, the Geneva-based private bank.
Here we take the chance to look back at the photographer’s vast series, which, two years after its completion, remains as poignant a comment on human progression as when first released.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale