Prix Pictet - Space
Richard Mosse, Prix Pictet 2017
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Exhibition: – 28 May 2017
Sat 6 May
V&A Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington
SW7 2RL London
Daily 10-17:45; Fri 10-22
The Irish-born photographer Richard Mosse has won the Prix Pictet award, for his series of black-and-white images entitled Heat Maps (2016-17). Now based in Leeds, Mosse used a military-grade thermal camera that detects body heat to depict sites on the journeys faced by migrants in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Last night at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London it was announced that the Irish photographer Richard Mosse had become the winner of the seventh Prix Pictet. His series Heat Maps documents refugee camps and staging sites using an extreme telephoto military grade thermal camera that can detect body heat from a distance of 30.3 km. The camera is used against its intended purpose of battlefield awareness and border enforcement to map landscapes of human displacement.
Richard Mosse was selected for the CHF 100,000 (£78,000) prize from a shortlist of twelve outstanding photographers by the independent Jury, chaired by Sir David King. An exhibition of works selected from the portfolios submitted by the shortlisted photographers will continue at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 28 May. The Space exhibition will then begin a global tour. Venues already confirmed include: Zurich, Tokyo, Stuttgart, Brussels, Moscow, New York and San Diego. The announcement was made by Kofi Annan, honorary President of the Prix Pictet.