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This week, the Prix Pictet has announced a new podcast exploring the intersection of photography and the environment

Known for its focus on photography and sustainability, the Prix Pictet announces a six-episode season of podcasts, in which the curators, photographers, global thinkers and environmentalists will discuss the role of photography in relation to the environment. The episodes shall each delve into a specific topic relating to both sustainability and photography.

Prix Pictet photographers such as Daniel Beltrá and Joana Choumali will feature on the show, as well as guest speakers such as Ekow Eshun, Philosopher Roman Krznaric, and curators such as Joshua Chuang of the New York Public Library, Luke Syson of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Dr. Lena Fritsch of the Ashmolean Museum.

From the series Transylvania: Built on Grass, 2012 © Rena Effendi.

For over a decade, the Prix Pictet has worked to champion photography that draws attention to the climate crisis. Over eight award cycles, 4700 artists have been nominated for the award. The prize’s ninth annual theme is Fire, which becomes the topic of the first episode. Brazillian documentary photographer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sebastião Salgado talks to Prix Pictet chairman, Stephen Barber, about his latest project, a seven-year journey documenting the Amazon, as well as his experiences photographing fires in the Kuwait oil wells, planting 2.8 million trees across 17,000 acres of Brazilian forest, and the power of the camera in the current climate crisis.

Other episode themes include The City, Family, Mortality, and Tradition. By pairing different photographers with new guests each episode, the podcast aims to provide new perspectives on global issues.

'Untitled' from the series Ça va aller, 2016-19 © Joana Choumali.

The Prix Pictet’s ideas and principles will be found within this new podcast, as conversations investigating the ties between photography and the environment shall be heard by a much larger audience than previously possible.

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Journal of Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a BA in History of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.

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