Michael Schmidt 1945-2014
It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May 2014. Three days previously Michael was awarded the fifth Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. This was the first major international award for a photographer described by the critic Michael Fried as ‘one of the most important artists of our time’. Luc Delahaye, the fourth laureate of the Prix Pictet and member of the Jury, paid tribute to Schmidt’s genius, remarking, ‘As a photographer, I’d like to say that Schmidt is doing the kind of work that helps us to keep faith in our profession’.
Schmidt’s Lebensmittel series is on show at the V&A as part of the Prix Pictet Consumption exhibition until 14 June 2014.