Prix Pictet publishes Collage: Women in Photography

The latest Prix Pictet book Collage features new and recent work by contemporary female photographers nominated and shortlisted for the prize since it first began in 2008.

Showcasing some of the finest photographers creating powerful imagery around the world today, Collage features images by 64 women photographers on the theme of sustainability. 

Together the images address the most urgent environmental and social problems that face the planet, from the aftermath of the war in Ukraine to human trafficking across the Gulf of Aden to children’s education in post-industrial England. Featured photographers include Mandy Barker, Joana Choumali, Gohar Dashti, Rena Effendi, Rinko Kawauchi, An-my Lê, Alice Mann, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Diana Markosian, Alex Prager, Taryn Simon and Vanessa Winship amongst others.

For her recent series, Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi visited several villages in Ukraine as residents began to return to the ruins of their homes; British photographer Polly Braden’s series Holding the Baby portrays the impact of government austerity on single parents in England; Armenian-American photographer Diana Markosian’s series Santa Barbara explores the profound sacrifice made by her mother when she fled Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union; South African photographer Alice Mann’s series Drummies captures the unique aspirational subculture surrounding the young all-female teams of drum majorettes in South Africa; American photographer Alex Prager’s recent work Afternoon portrays the instability, chaos and turmoil of modern America; and new work by Joana Choumali, the first African photographer to win the Prix Pictet, is from her ongoing series in which she photographs her daily walks at dawn before layering the images with embroidery.

Collage features introductory essays by notable figures in photography, including Sally Mann, winner of the ninth Prix Pictet in 2021 and Jan Dalley, the Financial Times’ Arts Editor. In an opening conversation between Michael Benson, Director of the Prix Pictet, and renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, she comments the photographer’s job is to synthesize, to make strong and poetic work from daily life. Each of the photographers featured in Collage does exactly that. 

Collage is published by gestalten and available to purchase online. 

Order the Collage book

Editors: Prix Pictet Ltd
Features: Full color, hardcover with tip-in picture, stitch bound, 128 pages
Format: 23 × 29 cm, 9 × 11 1⁄2 inches
Price: £ 35 $ 60 (US) € 39.90 (D)
ISBN: 978-3-96704-085-2