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Prix Pictet is proud to launch an interactive exhibition of Confinement. 

In their own compelling images and words, 43 of the more than 90 past shortlisted Prix Pictet photographers give us their personal response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The project began with a series of inspiring commissions in partnership with The Guardian, before growing into a book, Confinement, published by teNeues earlier this year. This digital exhibition invites a closer look into each artist’s response, with new unseen images, as they move beyond emerging clichés and point to a way forward. 

In the next few weeks, Fiona Shields, The Guardian’s Head of Photography, will host the first guided tour of the exhibition online. Follow us on social media to keep updated about this event. 

The ninth theme is Fire

Prix Pictet announces ‘Fire’ as the theme for the ninth cycle of the award. As Chair Stephen Barber explains, the choice of theme is timely.

Fire has hardly been out of the news since the inferno that consumed Notre Dame in Paris in early 2019. We have seen record rainforest blazes in the Amazon, forest and bush fires in Australia and conflagrations in California. It is the fourth element. Fire destroys and it renews. Fire means survival, renewal, and economic prosperity. Yet our abuse of this most capricious of elements is the source of most of our environmental woes.”

Over the coming months the Prix Pictet’s global network of over 300 nominators will identify portfolios of work that align with the ninth theme. These portfolios will be reviewed by the independent Jury chaired by Sir David King. The Fire shortlist will be presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2021. The ninth laureate will be announced at the opening of the award exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in December 2021.