The Prix Pictet highlights photography on the crucial topic of global sustainability. Now in its fourth season, the current Prix Pictet delves into the theme of “Power”. While we have tapped into sources of power for travel, industry, and our modern lifestyles, we are still largely at the mercy of the powers of nature. Technology and infrastructure can undergo total collapse in the face of storms, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Meanwhile political and social power can either tackle such challenges or become ways to exploit and tyrannize. This multi-faceted subject is portrayed with thought and artistry by the exceptional artists shortlisted for this prestigious photography prize.
Speaking of the theme of the current cycle, Power, Stephen Barber, chairman of the Prix Pictet, said, “From the awesome power of nature, to the industrial might of mankind and the power of people to effect change, this seemed to us a theme with enormous breadth and depth. And so it has proved. Embracing insight and paradox in equal measure, ‘Power’ has provoked a remarkable response from our artists, uncovering images and issues that are both awe-inspiring and frequently disturbing.”