Human beings are, by nature, consumers. We consume things—all the time. We’re greedy for it, and we don’t know how to stop. The Prix Pictet, an annual award for photography with a sustainability theme, has shortlisted several photos for the prize this year. And the theme is, you guessed it, Consumption.
“The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today,” reads the Prix Pictet website. Prix Pictet was started in 2008 by Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie. The winner of the Prix Pictet prize will win CHF 100,000 and a “Commission, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.”
Photographers shortlisted by the Prix Pictet this year include Hong Hao’s My Things, Miska Henner’s Beef & Oil, Laurie Simmons’ The Love Doll, Adam Bartos’ Yard Sale, Motoyuki Daifu’s Project Family, and six other photographers. The photographs range from pictures of books and household products to aerial photos of farmland to a packaged sex doll, ready for use.
Check out the shortlisted photographers at the Prix Pictet website. Which artist do you think best captures human consumption? If you were to capture “consumption” in a photo, what would you photograph?