October 26, 2009

News from Paris! Kashi wins Prix Pictet 2009 Commission Prize!

On Thursday, October 22, Kofi Annan (former Secretary General of the U.N. and Honorary President of the Prix Pictet) awarded this year's Prix Pictet Award to British-based photographer Nadav Kander and the 2009 Commission to our very own Ed Kashi!

The Prix Pictet is an annual search for photographs that communicate powerful messages of global environmental significance under a broad theme. The theme for this year's prize was "Earth," and Ed's portfolio for Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta was honored with being one of the 12 talented photographers under consideration for the 2009 Prix Pictet Award.

Ivan Pictet, Senior Managing Partner of Pictet & Cie said, "On behalf of the Partners of Pictet; I am delighted to announce that we have selected Ed Kashi as the photographer to fulfill Pictet's annual commission related to our charitable activities, this year in Madagascar, a country with a remarkable ecological heritage under threat and one of the poorest countries on earth."

Each year Pictet & Cie supports the work of a charity whose work reflects the theme of the prize; for 2009, Pictet & Cie will support Azafady, a UK-based charity and Malagasy-registered NGO. Ed Kashi has been commissioned to visit Madagascar with Azafady in order to produce a series of photographs that will highlight the issues of land degradation and desertification. The commission will also result in a traveling exhibition and printed catalogue.

The prize is also complemented by the Prix Pictet 2009 publication, Earth. Published by teNeues, Earth includes the work of the 12 shortlisted artists and others nominated for the 2009 prize. The full portfolios of each shortlisted artist will be shown at the Passage de Retz gallery in Paris from October 23 to November 24. The Prix Pictet will then tour to other international venues from late 2009 to early 2010.

Click on the following links to learn more about Prix Pictet and the Madagascar Commission:

Prix Pictet 2009 - Press Release

Prix Pixtet 2009 Commission

Financial Times article on Prix Pictet