Prix Pictet – 2009

The Partners of Pictet & Cie request the pleasure of your company at the Exhibition and Private View of the Prix Pictet 2009. This exhibition at the Empty Quarter Gallery is held under the Patronage of H.E. Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre

Exhibition dates: 9 February – 6 March 2010
Opening reception: 9 February 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm (RSVP)

‘Together, these photographs from the artists shortlisted for Pictet Prize highlight the beauty of the earth we share. But they also expose the damage, deliberately or carelessly, we are inflicting on our own environment. So these images are a celebration and a reminder of the urgent need to change our ways.’  – Kofi Annan, Honorary President, Prix Pictet

The Prix Pictet is the world’s first major prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate – to use the power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. This is art of the highest order, applied to confront the pressing social and environmental challenges of the new millennium.

This year the theme of the award is earth. Earth refers to the planet and the soil beneath our feet, to the marks that man makes on the face of the land – either directly through the creation of mines, toxic waste, urban wastelands, mountainous refuse dumps and blasted desert landscapes; or indirectly, through the scars left by fire, flood or famine and the impact of natural disasters: earthquakes, landslides and volcanoes or the migrations of displaced people.

Nadav Kander is the winner of the Prix Pictet 2009. He received the CHF100,000 from Kofi Annan at the Passage de Retz, Paris, on 22 October 2009. At the same time Ed Kashi was selected to complete the Prix Pictet Commission 2009.

2009 Shortlist
Darren Almond – Britain
Christopher Anderson – Canada
Sammy Baloji – Congo (DRC)
Edward Burtynsky – Canada
Andreas Gursky – Germany
Naoya Hatakeyama – Japan
Nadav Kander – Britain
Ed Kashi  -USA
Abbas Kowsari – Iran
Yao Lu – China
Edgar Martins – Portugal
Chris Steele-Perkins – Britain

Francis Hodgson – Chairman
Photography Critic, Financial Times

Benoit Aquin
Winner, Prix Pictet 2008

Jan Dalley
Arts Editor, Financial Times

Loa Haagen Pictet
Art Consultant & Curator, Pictet & Cie

Zaha Hadid
Founding Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects

Professor Sir David King
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government

Fumio Nanjo
Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Earth, the book of this year’s Prix Pictet, is published and distributed worldwide by teNeues. The book catalogues the work of both the shortlisted photographers and selected images by other nominees. Royalties from the sale of the book will go to support the Prix Pictet Commission. Earth is available from the Empty Quarter bookshop and other outlets worldwide, price 50 EUR plus p&p.

For more information please contact the Prix Pictet Secretariat.

The Prix Pictet SecretariatCandlestar, 8 Hammersmith BroadwayLondon W6 7AL
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