In conjunction with the Prix Pictet’s Power, which opened at Aperture Gallery on December 5, 2013, Aperture hosted a conversation between two of Prix Pictet's short-listed photographers, Edmund Clark and Jacqueline Hassink. This was Prix Pictet’s fourth cycle, and 650 photographers were nominated for the prize. Of the winning work, Kofi A. Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations and honorary president of the Prix Pictet, writes, “The work of the short-listed photographers provides a vivid portrait of human vulnerability. But they also remind us that the same forces that might engender despair can also be the source of great hope. They evoke a heartening reminder of our capacity for humanity, courage, and solidarity in the face of adversity.”
Following an introduction by Deputy Director Sarah McNear, Edmund Clark and Jacqueline Hassink discussed the evolution of their projects, their experiences photographing, and their approach to the theme of power. Clark’s work, which took him inside Guantanamo Bay and to residences of former inmates, provided an interesting contrast to Hassink’s work, Tables of Power which brought her to the residences and boardrooms of some of the most influential women in the Middle East. They ended the evening by inviting the audience to ask questions in a brief Q&A session.