Commenting on the theme, Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Executive Director, Prix Pictet, said:
We quite rightly celebrate human creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship but too often our triumphs in science, engineering and technology come at monumental cost. The human story is more often a tale of conflict and despair than of nurture, love and co-existence.
It would be easy to read the human story as one of tragic hubris. Yet it does not end here. We stand on the threshold of the future wondering which way the dice will fall. Our wager with posterity is that human ingenuity, intelligence, and resilience of spirit is powerful enough to insist upon a very different future for the human story.
Over the coming months, the Prix Pictet’s global network of over 300 nominators will identify portfolios of work that align with the theme. As always, these portfolios will be reviewed by the independent Jury. The shortlist for Human will be presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2023. The tenth laureate will be announced at the opening of the award exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in September 2023.
Read more about the nomination process.
Hoda Afshar, Speak the Wind, 2015–2020
Gera Artemova, War Diary, 2022
Ragnar Axelsson, Where the World Is Melting, 2016
Alessandro Cinque, Peru, a Toxic State, 2017
Siân Davey, The Garden, 2022
Federico Ríos Escobar, Paths of Desperate Hope, 2022
Gauri Gill, Notes from the Desert, 1999-ongoing
Michał Łuczak, Extraction, 2017
Yael Martínez , Luciérnaga (Firefly), 2021
Richard Renaldi, Disturbed Harmonies, 2023
Vanessa Winship, Sweet Nothings: Schoolgirls of Eastern Anatolia, 2007
Vasantha Yogananthan, Mystery Street, 2022
The jury for the Prix Pictet are a group of leading experts in the visual arts from around the world including directors of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. They lead the global search for images of high artistic quality and narrative power and fit the theme of a particular cycle.
Professor Sir David King, FRS (Chair)
Founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge
Director, Department of Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Executive Director At Oya
President, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva
Arts editor of the Financial Times
Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photographs
Winner, Prix Pictet ‘Fire’ (2021)