Michael Schmidt Wins Prix Pictet Consumption
Honarary President Kofi Annan announced German photographer Michael Schmidt as the winner of the fifth Prix Pictet for his series Lebensmittel (food stuff), made between 2006 and 2010. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 21 May 2014.
Director of the Tate Modern, Chris Dercon, accepted the award on behalf of Schmidt who was unable to be at the ceremony due to serious illness. Ahead of the award announcement Kofi Annan said, ‘the shortlisted artists have made powerful images that ought to persuade governments, business – and each of us as individual consumers – of the need for a fundamental rethink of the principles on which present-day affluence is founded. The issue of unsustainable consumption, and in particular food and nutrition security, is not simply at the forefront of the global political stage, it is now firmly on the personal agenda of each and every one of us.’
The exhibition of photographs by the shortlisted artists is open to the public until 14 June, and features work by Adam Bartos (United States), Motoyuki Daifu (Japan), Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Hong Hao (China), Mishka Henner (Belgium), Juan Fernando Herrán (Colombia), Boris Mikhailov (Ukraine), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria), Michael Schmidt (Germany), Allan Sekula (United States) and Laurie Simmons (United States).