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Prix Pictet

13 - 27 November 2010

Galerie Filles du Calvaire

www.fillesducalvaire.com

17 rue des Filles-du-Calvaire, 3e.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 74 47 05
M° Filles du Calvaire
Open Tues-Sat 11 am – 6.30 pm
Admission free.

The Prix Pictet is the first photography award devoted to sustainable development. Its single purpose is to use the power of photography to communicate crucial messages to an international audience. The aim is to show premium artworks and use them to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of the new millennium.
The theme of the 2009 Prix Pictet was ‘the earth’, referring both to the planet and the land, and to the traces Man leaves upon them – both directly by digging mines, disposing of toxic waste, and creating urban wastelands, public rubbish dumps and devastated desert landscapes, and indirectly via the scars left by fire, floods, famine or natural disasters: earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes or refugee migrations.

Over 270 photographers were shortlisted for the 2009 award by a group of 70 sustainable development and arts experts from the 5 continents. The award of 100,000 Swiss francs was presented by Kofi Annan, honorary president of the Prix Pictet, to Nadav Kander for his series of photographs entitled Yangtsé: la série du long fleuve, at the opening of the exhibition of selected photographs in the Passage de Retz, Paris on 22 October 2009.
The second Prix Pictet, for a piece of commissioned reportage, was given to photographer Ed Kashi by Pictet & Cie partner organisations.

In two years of existence the Prix Pictet has become one of the major ambassadors for photography and sustainable development. Selected works for the 2009 edition had a potential audience of 400 million – not a single world artist can now be unaware of its existence. Since the inauguration of the Paris exhibition in October 2009, the selected photographs have travelled the world ; they have been shown in Thessalonika, Dubai, Gstaad, Eindhoven, Bonn and Dublin, and will soon be exhibited in Moscow, Lausanne, Berlin, Madrid and Milan.

For the third edition, the group of experts responsible for the shortlist has been considerably extended to include over 110 journalists, curators and world-renowned critics. This time the jury president is Sir David King, director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University and former chief scientific adviser to the British government.

The list of shortlisted candidates is announced during the Paris Photo fair, at an exhibition of the photographs at Galerie Filles du Calvaire.