The global award in photography and sustainability

Podcast: A Lens on Sustainability

 
 

Can photography save us from ourselves? Leading photographers consider the power of the photograph to explore the urgent environmental and social issues facing humanity today. From the Prix Pictet, the leading global photography prize on sustainability.

Series 2

Fire – new theme of the ninth Prix Pictet

After the plague comes fire. Over the last years, we have seen an outbreak of catastrophic fires across the world. In its untamed form, fire wreaks terrible destruction, yet it has long been associated to renewal and rebirth. Listen to celebrated photographers Sebastião Salgado, Richard Mosse and Daniel Beltrá, and philosopher A.C. Grayling explore the newly announced theme for the 9th Prix Pictet. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/716794/

Plant-Based World

How does the natural world influence the way we look at the broader question of sustainability? In this episode we explore our symbiotic relationship with the plant-based world through photography, industrial production, and of course, the mighty tree. Guests include photographers Janelle Lynch and Awoiska van der Molen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Director of the Serpentine Galleries, and Joshua Chuang from the New York Public Library. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/1021996/

The City

Are cities sustainable? As many look beyond the city as they look beyond the pandemic, this episode takes a photographic look at cities and space, and the changing role everything from finance to culture is going to play in some of the most iconic cities in the world including Tokyo, Berlin, New York and London. Join photographer Robin Rhode, Dr. Lena Fritsch, Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Joy Lo Dico, FT Columnist, Elizabeth Dillon, Head of the US Office for Pictet Asset Management and photographer Jez Coulson. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/589518/

Mortality

Can photography help process mortality? Throughout history, humans have been obsessed with eternal life. But death is inevitable, a natural part of life. Photography helps us process our own mortality and remember those who are gone. It reminds us of the natural cycles of life, which we must sustain for future generations. Listen to Prix Pictet ‘Hope’ winner Joana Choumali, Professor Iain Hutchison, Founder of the Facial Surgery Research Foundation, the BBC’s Kirsty Lang, and accompany Julia Hobsbawm and Esther Freud as they visit their father’s graves at Highgate Cemetery. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode:

Tradition

As the world faces upheaval in the uprooting of statues, culture wars and industrial globalisation, we ask, what is happening to tradition in art, media and urban communities? How does photography capture all of this? Guests include photographer Rena Effendi, authors Roman Krznaric and Ekow Eshun, and former Editor of the London Evening Standard and editor of the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Sarah Sands. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/99173/

Family

As we attach more and more value to independent success and less to the family, are we losing accountability for our actions to the planet? How has art and photography represented these tribes over history and what can we learn from them? Join photographer Alexia Webster, author and philanthropist Hannah Rothschild, Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Luke Syson, and Pictet Wealth Management’s Dina de Angelo as they discuss the family as both a unit and a community. Don’t miss the accompanying e-book illustrating this episode: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/872650/

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Series 1

 

Photography as Witness

What happens when we take a photo? Explore our "ocular era" with photographers Nadav Kander and Hannah Starkey, and curator Jeff Rosenheim of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Displacement

Can a photograph capture the complexity of displacement? Writer and activist Elif Shafak and photographers Gideon Mendel and Jillian Edelstein discuss the role of photography in today's displacement crisis.

Consumption

Can we ever be satisfied? Photographer Mandy Barker, sociologist Tiffany Jenkins and Catherine Flood, curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, consider how photography feeds our appetites.

Conflict

Can photography combat conflict? Photographer Ross McDonnell, journalist and producer Funmi Iyanda and editor Lionel Barber consider horror, banality and beauty.

Hope

Is there hope? Photographers Don McCullin and Valerie Belin, and Angie Hobbs, professor of the public understanding of philosophy, ask if photography can save us.