Great photo’s, but if the world is any less fucked for them I’m a coconut. (let’s face it we’re only talking about this award because the winner gets £50000)
On the Prix Pictet website Kofi Annan has said that,
The photographs were a compelling call for action to tackle climate change, the most serious humanitarian and environmental challenge facing the world today: “Only weeks separate us from the decisive negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen. We are confronted with the vital need to prepare the political momentum necessary for a fair and effective post-Kyoto agreement. The images in front of us remind us of the fragility of our planet and the damage we have already done. When we see these photographs we cannot close our eyes and remain indifferent. Through our actions and voices, we must keep building the pressure to secure urgent action at Copenhagen and beyond.”
duckrabbit must be completely missing something because without accompanying commentary I cannot see how these beautiful photographs tell a story about climate change that can have any impact? By saying they do is like declaring the impotency of photography. Infact if you read Nadav’s thoughtful personal statement he doesn’t even mention climate change.
Are these photo’s, and the bankability of the photographer, being manipulated to fuel an agenda that was never intended to be there? It is interesting that for the second year running a story about China has been picked. When it comes to the environment the West loves to beat up China. With this in mind duckrabbit wonders if the judges were making a very political statement by once again picking photographs of China?
The Prix Pictet is the world’s first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate – to use the power of photography to communicate crucial messages to a global audience; and it has a unique goal – art of the highest order, applied to the immense social and environmental threats of the new millennium.