Gauri Gill wins tenth Prix Pictet, World’s leading photography and sustainability award
Indian photographer Gauri Gill was announced this evening, Thursday 28 September, as the winner of the tenth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award for photography and sustainability receiving the prize of 100,000 Swiss Francs. Gauri Gill was selected from a shortlist of 12 photographers by an independent jury.
Gill’s work emphasises her belief in working with and through community, in what she calls ‘active listening’. For more than two decades, she has been engaged closely with marginalised communities in the desert of western Rajasthan, and for the last decade with Indigenous artists in Maharashtra.
Her winning series ‘Notes from the Desert’ looks at whole spectrum of life: drought years and the year of a great monsoon - when Barmer became Kashmir.
To accompany the exhibition, Hatje Cantz have published Human, a book featuring the shortlisted photographers together with a selection of outstanding images from a wider group of those nominated for the award. The publication also features essays by the historian David Christian and writer Meehan Crist and a special interview with photographer Sebastião Salgado, the great champion of humanitarian photography, by Michael Benson, the Director of the Prix Pictet.
During the award ceremony, Prix Pictet also announced the launch of a new initiative, the Prix Pictet People’s Choice Award. The Award allows the public to vote for their favourite shortlisted series, and seeks to create dialogue around the vital issues the prize explores. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition. Voting is cast online via Prix Pictet’s website.
Following its time at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition will embark on a global tour during which it will be shown at leading museums in Zürich, Istanbul, Dublin, Bangkok, Munich, San Diego, Singapore and Stockholm.
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