The Paris Photography Prize (PX3) has announced the winners of its 2018 competition. Lauren Greenfield, who took top prize in the professional book category for her project entitled Generation Wealth published by Phaidon, earned her the title of Photographer of the Year. Generation Wealth is Lauren’s “25-year visual history of our growing obsession with wealth”.
“This book is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy,” Phaidon explains. Her journey starts in Los Angeles, then spreads across America and beyond. She endeavours “to document how we export the values of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status to every corner of the globe”.
Mushfiqul Alam took first place in the amateur press category with his entry, The Great Exodus: People With No Land, winning him the title of Best New Talent. This series explores the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar; the demolition of houses and forced evacuation has led to the Rohingyas “search for refuge” in densely populated Bangladesh.
The PX3 is an annual event “dedicated to recognising and promoting photographers from around the world and introducing them to the creative community in Paris.” Hossein Farmani, founder and president of PX3, states: “our mission is to give a platform to photographers to tell their stories, to share their unique perspectives, and awaken us to how they see the world.
“In this modern age of technological and scientific advances, it is art, creativity, and especially photography and its ability to focus our attention on the issues and events transpiring around us that is helping to keep us anchored to our humanity, to our compassion, even to our sense of humour.”
The competition received over 7,000 entries from 100 countries around the world, from both amateurs, students and professionals alike. PX3 will showcase the 12th edition of the Winners Exhibition at the Espace Beaurepaire in Paris from 10–14 July. The exhibition will feature first prize category winners, alongside the projection of second and third place winners, and a special exhibition curated by Hossein Farman entitled State of the World.
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