Prix Pictet 2017
The winner of the seventh Prix Pictet is Richard Mosse for his series Heat Maps.
It was a sublime and deeply troubling portrayal of the refugee crisis unfolding across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Here war, persecution and climate change have forced a global crisis of human displacement, the largest migration of people since the Second World War.
These images were made with a military grade thermal camera capable of taking high resolution images from 30 km away. As Mosse explained, “This powerful tool was designed to sit on a sentry pole in the middle of the desert. It was not intended for storytelling, or to be used aesthetically. We wanted to use the technology against itself to create an immersive, humanist art form, allowing the viewer to meditate on the agonising and often tragic journeys of refugees”.