The Prix Pictet Commission is an invitation from the Partners of the Pictet Group to one of the nominated photographers to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank are supporting a sustainability project run by a charity or other NGO.
The Earth commission supported the work of Azafady, a UK charity and Malagasy-registered NGO that helps the poorest communities in Madagascar develop sustainable ways of living and increase local access to healthcare and education.
American photographer Ed Kashi was invited to undertake this commission.
Pictet made a specific commitment to Azafady’s Voly Hazo project, which aims, through tree planting and preservation of the natural forest, both to preserve the soil from degradation and to halt the progress of desertification.
Madagascar is classified as one of the world’s top three ‘hotspots’ for biodiversity, yet it is also one of the poorest and most environmentally challenged countries in the world. Through Kashi’s pictures, we see the compromised beauty of this threatened island.
Madagascar: A Land Out Of Balance
The Prix Pictet Earth Commission catalogue presents Ed Kashi’s photographs that show the compromised beauty of Madagascar. Pictet & Cie supported Azafady’s Voly Hazo project, which aims to preserve forest soil from degradation and to halt the progress of desertification.
The photographs are accompanied by texts from Ed Kashi, photographer and photojournalist; Samm Short, writer and project development specialist working for Azafady; Helena Drysdale, author of Dancing with the Dead, a journey through Zanzibar and Madagascar; and Peter Aspden, Arts Writer at the Financial Times.
Helena Drysdale writes of Madagascar, ‘In the south, the failure of the rains has speeded up the desertification. The Masoala Peninsula has become a national park, but this has not prevented the pillaging of the rainforests by illegal loggers – aided by French shippers and the Malagasy government – or the subsistence farmers’ slash and burn. Madagascar’s soil continues to bleed unquenched into the Indian Ocean, and the Great Red Island slowly but inexorably dies.’
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