Prix Pictet ‘Fire’

David Uzochukwu, ‘Wildfire’, 2015. From the series ‘In the Wake’, 2015-20. Dye-sublimation print © David Uzochukwu Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Number 8.

  • For the ninth time, the Prix Pictet honors the most impressive photographs of our society and environment
  • A powerful collection of photographic art, compelling for anyone interested in sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity
  • Following the award ceremony and exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, in December 2021, further exhibitions follow in New York and other cities around the globe

Fire is the fourth element. It destroys and creates something new. In its heat, colours, and magnitude, it provides a terrifying spectacle as much as an existential threat. Today, it speaks as much to the fragility of human structures as to the damage wrought on nature: the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, forest fires from the Amazon to Australia, and infernos in California so colossal that the sky turned red.

Reason enough for the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability, to dedicate this year’s photo book to the many facets of fire. Selected by photography experts from around the world, this impressive publication features over 100 images from the Prix Pictet shortlist and beyond. As compelling in its visuals as it is in its messaging, this is an unforgettable document of an elemental force, and of the increasing extremes of climate change.

Prix Pictet ‘Fire’

TeNeues Publishing UK Ltd

Number of pages: 136

Dimensions: 320 x 250 mm


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Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, 2001. From the series: Hanabi, 2001 © Rinko Kawauchi, Prix Pictet.

Christian Marclay, Untitled (Burning I), 2020. Image still from the series: Fire, 2020 © Christian Marclay, Fraenkel Gallery, Prix Pictet.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, WONDER BEIRUT, The story of a Pyromaniac Photographer, 1998-2006. From the series: Wonder Beirut © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Prix Pictet.