Valérie Belin celebrated at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Launched by the Pictet Group in 2008, the Prix Pictet has grown in prominence to the point where it is now regarded as one of the world’s leading photography prizes. The first seven cycles of the award have uncovered outstanding photography applied to some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges of our times. Within the broad motif of sustainability each cycle of the Prix Pictet has a specific theme – the seven themes to date have been Water, Earth, Growth, Power, Consumption, Disorder and Space.
To celebrate the achievements of its first ten years, The Prix Pictet and Les Rencontres d’Arles present a special exhibition devoted to the seven cycles of the award to date. The retrospective exhibition features work taken from the prize-winning series by previous Prix Pictet winners – including Valérie Belin’s ‘Still Life’ (2014), which won the 6th iteration of the prize in 2015. These still lifes continue to assert their identity as vanitas works, remaining contemporary by virtue of the objects chosen to compose them – mass consumption items — and the materials, mainly plastic, from which they are made.
Belin now joins economist and author Dambisa Moyo and renowned landscape photographer Sebastião Salgado as a new member of the Prix Pictet Jury. Along with photographers previously nominated for the award, she will be the focus of a special presentation at the Théâtre Antique in Arles on Thursday 5 July 2018. At this event the new theme for the eighth cycle of the award will be announced.