The prestigious Prix Pictet Photography Prize returns to London

One of photography’s most prestigious awards returns to London. Opening at V&A on 16 December, the annual Prix Pictet is about celebrating photography with an ecological, sustainable message. Being green is always on trend, but in the wake of Cop26, the Prix Pictet mission could not be more topical.

The competition takes place approximately every 18 months, and this time the selection includes works by 13 international artists from Austria, Belgium, Benin, Cambodia, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, WONDER BEIRUT, The story of a Pyromaniac Photographer, 1998 - 2006. From the series: Wonder Beirut © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Prix Picte
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, WONDER BEIRUT, The story of a Pyromaniac Photographer, 1998 – 2006. From the series: Wonder Beirut © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Prix Picte

This year’s theme is ‘fire’, featuring a large selection of works: collaged images by Swiss-American conceptualist Christian Marclay, half-destroyed experimental photos of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, penetrating portraits of David Uzochukwu and devastating images of the aftermath of a wildfire by Sally Mann. These are works of ecological destruction and the endless damage done to our planet.

David Uzochukwu, Tectonic Shift, 2020. From the series: I n The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Picte
David Uzochukwu, Tectonic Shift, 2020. From the series: I n The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Picte

The winner will be announced on 15 December and will win £ 80,000. With all these pictures of fire, it will probably be the HOTTEST photo exhibition in London. Get it? Hot. Like fire.

‘Prix Pictet: Fire’ at V&A, London, 16 December-9. January 2022. Free.

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