There has been much talk about climate change. But not much about where we will see its first impact: water.
Flooding. Drought. Contamination. Water is the vector of climate change. By 2010 an estimated 40 per cent of the world's poorest people will lack access to clean water. Two hundred million may be physically or economically displaced.
This is not the future. This is now.
The Prix Pictet is a major new global prize in photography that focuses on one of the greatest single issues of the twenty-first century: sustainability. With a single annual prize of CHF 100,000 ($86,000 USD), the Prix Pictet will reward photographers and the images they use to tell stories of urgent global significance. Each year the Prix Pictet will focus on a distinct sustainability theme.
The theme for 2008 is water.Entry to the Prix Pictet is by nomination. A global nominations panel of 49 leading experts in the visual arts, from six continents, has made over 200 nominations from 43 countries. The independent jury of the Prix Pictet has shortlisted 18 photographers who have produced works that are of outstanding artistic merit and communicate messages of urgent global significance.
The finalists are:
Jesus Abad Colorado
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Carl De Keyzer
Short-listed images will be exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, from 30 October - 8 November 2008. The winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced on 30 October 2008 at the Palais de Tokyo.
Lens Culture is pleased to show a preview from each of the 18 shortlisted photographers.
We are especially happy to note that three of the finalists have appeared earlier here in Lens Culture, and have contributed insightful audio interviews about their important work. You can listen to these interviews here in the Lens Culture archives:
Cheers to everyone who has participated in this noble venture.
The Magenta Foundation's excellent, firstfeatured lots and lots of exciting exhibitions of emerging photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Artists included Melinda Gibson (her photo shown here), Alinka Echeverria, Jason Larkin,Tom Hull, Ayoung Kim, Anja Schaffner, Toby Smith, Karen Asher, Alyssa Bistonath, Kotama Bouabane, Philip Cheung, Jinyoung Kim, Jason Andrew, S. Billie Mandle, Sarah Small, Magda Biernat, Katrina d’Autremont, Jonathan Gitelson, Jonathan Hanson, Gabriela Herman, Jowhara AlSaud, and Kevin Van Aelst.
77 award-winning photographs were selected from thousands of submissions. This year's judge was Jim Casper, editor of Lens Culture. The winning images were made by photographers in 24 countries around the world. The Awards are sponsored by.
This scholarly book and exhibition demonstrate how a "photograph assumes its full meaning only after it has been reproduced and displaced."