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Valérie Belin Wins $100,000 Pictet Photography Prize

Valérie Belin has won the sixth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of twelve photographers. She is being recognized for her series “Still life,” 2014, which she describes as “a jarring commentary on the effects of our obsession with cheap objects, for not only is their material, plastic, emblematic of the wasteful use of raw materials, but it also represents a grotesque kind of immortality because of its non-biodegradable nature—an immortality that, one could say, is slowly killing the planet.” Belin has had a solo show at the Pompidou and lives and works in Paris, France.

Awarded this year by Kofi Annan, the honorary president of Prix Pictet, the prize was founded in 2008 and comes with a $100,000 award. Previous winners include Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Luc Delahaye, Michael Schmidt, and Benoît Aquin.