The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space – a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet’s overriding theme of sustainability. It is a deliberately broad theme that could embrace subjects as diverse as overpopulation, territorial dispute, air pollution, cyber space, wind borne diseases, hurricanes, as well the fragility of the planet’s great wildernesses and our tendency to fill space – from the oceans to outer space – with junk and many things besides. The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the seventh Prix Pictet, Space was announced on 10 November 2016, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Richard Mosse, Heat Maps, 2016
Mandy Barker, Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, 2015
Saskia Groneberg, Büropflanze, 2012
Beate Gütschow, S Series, 2004-2009
Benny Lam, Subdivided Flats, 2012
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression, 2008-2010
Munem Wasif, Land of Undefined Territory, 2014-2015
Pavel Wolberg, Barricades, 2009-2014
Rinko Kawauchi, Ametsuchi, 2012
Sergey Ponomarev, Europe Migration Crisis, 2015
Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map, 2010-2016
Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s, 2013
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 qcuality and narrative power and fit the theme of a particular cycle.
Sir David King (Chairman)
UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (SRCC)
Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photographer and Laureate of Prix Pictet Disorder
Former Managing Partner, Pictet Group
Arts Editor, Financial Times
Emmanuelle de l’Écotais
Curator of Photography, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Economist and Author
In this short interview, Irish photographer Richard Mosse discusses his project Heat Maps, for which he has been awarded the seventh Prix Pictet.