IEPlus: Prix Pictet goes to photographer Luc Delahaye

French photographer Luc Delahaye has claimed the fourth annual Prix Pictet, selected from a shortlist of twelve.

He was chosen for his 10-image submission on the theme of Power, drawn from an outstanding body of work produced over the past decade. The prize, with a value of 100,000 Swiss Francs is sponsored by Pictet & Cie.

An exhibition of the work of the twelve shortlisted photographers is at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Those represented are Robert Adams (United States), Daniel Beltrá (Spain/United States), Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria.France), Philippe Chancel (France), Edmund Clark (United Kingdom), Carl De Keyzer (Belgium), Luc Delahaye (France), Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan), Jacqueline Hassink (The Netherlands), An-My Lê (Vietnam/United States), Joel Sternfeld (United States) and Guy Tillim (South Africa).

Jacques de Saussure, senior partner of Pictet & Cie, awarded the CHF40,000 Prix Pictet Commission to the UK photographer Simon Norfolk, who will undertake a field trip to Afghanistan where Pictet & Cie are supporting the work of Medair, the Swiss-based humanitarian organisation, in the forgotten region of Bamyan Province in Afghanistan.

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“132nd Ordinary Meeting of the Conference” – one of Luc Delahaye’s submissions

This year, for the first time, the commissioned photographer was selected from outside the Shortlist of twelve, with the final decision made by the partners of Pictet & Cie, based on a broad list of recommendations by individual Jury members drawn from the entire nominations list of over 650 photographers.

The Prix Pictet aims to showcase photographs that communicate powerful messages of global significance under the broad subject of sustainability, with particular attention to environmental issues.

Pictet’s de Saussure said Delahaye has been described as “the leading documentary photographer of our time” and noted that Norfolk’s experience working in the region made him an ideal choice for the Commission project.

With each Prix Pictet award, Pictet supports a charity whose work reflects the theme of the prize in that cycle. Norfolk will visit Afghanistan with the support of Medair’s Afghan and international staff working on the ground.

Active in Afghanistan since 1996, Medair helps communities survive such disasters as droughts, floods and landslides, but stays to teach and implement Disaster Risk Reduction strategies, such as flood prevention infrastructure, so that communities have the power to protect themselves from subsequent threats.

The photographs produced for the Commission will be previewed at Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2013 and will then be exhibited in London.

Power: Prix Pictet Shortlist Exhibition
10-28 October 2012, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

www.prixpictet.com

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