Prix Pictet Commission goes to Chris Jordan
Winsor Gallery photographer has been awarded the third Prix Pictet Commission. The announcement was made at the opening of an exhibition of the works of shortlisted photographers at the Paris gallery, Passage de Retz.
Jacques de Saussure, Senior Partner of Pictet, awarded the 40,000 Swiss Francs (40,000 Canadian dollars) Commission to Chris Jordan to undertake a field trip to Northern Kenya where Pictet & Cie is currently supporting the work of the environmental charity, the Tusk Trust.
Chris Jordan will visit Kenya with logistical support from Tusk. His mission is to draw attention to the sustainability issues that face the local communities in the Nakuprat Conservancy region, with particular reference to the theme of ‘Growth’. The photographs produced for the Commission will be premiered at an exhibition in London later in 2011.
In awarding the Prix Pictet Commission, de Saussure said, "On behalf of the Partners of Pictet, I am delighted that Chris Jordan will be undertaking the Pictet Commission in 2011. His haunting images from the Midway atoll have exactly the qualities we are seeking for the Commission.”
Mitch Epstein was announced as the winner of the third Prix Pictet photography prize for environmental sustainability. The two photographers were selected from a shortlist of twelve including Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Both Burtynsky and Jordan have previously been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet.