In these photos, shortlisted for this year's Prix Pictet award, you see consumption from many angles.

Started in 2008 by a Swiss bank, the Pictet focuses on sustainability themes. This year's shortlist has 11 artists, all nominated by a team of critics, curators, journalists, and gallerists.

They include Laurie Simmons, who photographs sex dolls.

This is a shop occupied by women clerks for 18 months in dispute over pay, in a photo series called Fish Story, by Allan Sekula.

Artist Rineke Dijkstra completed a series of portraits of a Bosnian refugee Almerisa as she grew up adjusting to the culture of The Netherlands.

Michael Schmidt's series Lebensmittel shows his view of bread baskets, cages in fish farms and apple-washing plants.

Mishka Henner takes large-scale photos of oil fields and factory farms. This is the Levelland Oil Field in Hockley County, Texas.

Motoyuki Daifu shows her "lovable daily life," and a "lovable Japan."

She says: "My mother sleeps every day. My dad does chores. My brothers fight. There are trash bags all over the place. Half-eaten dinners, cat poop, mountains of clothes..."

Beijing-based Hong Hao submitted a series called My Things.

2013-11-20

Co.Exist

Photographing Our World Of Constant Consumption

From a young woman chowing down to the protests from people who can't consume enough, these images depict the idea of "consumption" in its many forms.

Consumption: It's what makes the world go round. What we buy and consume feeds industry and commerce and makes places vibrant. It's what we do most of the time--other than when we're working, so we can consume more.

In these photos, shortlisted for this year's Prix Pictet award, you see consumption from its many angles: the young woman chowing down on a table of food, a sex doll packaged up for later use, the huge machinery of the global supply chain, the environmental distress from intensive agriculture, the protests from people who can't consume enough.

Image: Courtesy of Mishka Henner

Started in 2008 by a Swiss bank, the Pictet focuses on sustainability themes. This year's shortlist has 11 artists, all nominated by a team of critics, curators, journalists, and gallerists. They include Mishka Henner, who shoots feedlots and oilfields (and who we featured this summer); Beijing-based Hong Hao, whose series is called My Things; Abraham Oghobase, from Nigeria, who zeroes in on a fuel subsidy protest; New York's Adam Bartos, who depicts a Honda wheel and yard sale; and Laurie Simmons, who photographs those sex dolls.

The winner will be announced next May and receives 100,000 Swiss francs (about $108,000) plus a further commission from Pictet & Cie, the bank.

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