A five-year project to photograph how food gets to the table - with images that include farm pigs, crinkle-cut chip production lines and apple washing plants - was yesterday named winner of the internationally prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize.
This year the theme of the prize, which since 2008 has rewarded work addressing environmental and sustainability issues, was consumption. Eleven shortlisted photographers or their representatives gathered at the V&A to hear former UN secretary general
The prize's director
Schmidt's monumental work Lebensmittel (food stuff) was displayed as a kind of giant collage - 60 photographs taken between 2006-10 which the artist said were taken "everywhere" telling a story of how our food gets to us, to our table or to our fast food restaurant. The shortlist included photographers from countries including
Benson said the jury debate had been intense and went on much longer than planned.
The chair of judges Sir
"The Prix Pictet is a very important prize which raises pertinent issues, not just about the theme of consumption and sustainability, but also about the nature of photography." The Prix Pictet, a Swiss prize, has been won in previous years by
Prix Pictet at the V&A 22 May - 14 June
Abraham Oghobase, untitled, detail
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