Michael Schmidt Wins 2014 Prix Pictet

Hong Hao—Prix Pictet
Hong Hao—Prix Pictet
Shortlisted entry, Prix Pictet

My Things No. 7, Beijing, China, 2004

Updated May 24, 2014. Michael Schmidt has died age 68. He is probably best known for chronicling life in post-war Germany. The news comes just days after the Berlin native won the Prix Pictet, picking up an award of approximately $112,000.   


German photographer Michael Schmidt has won this year’s Prix Pictet for his series Lebensmittel, which looks at both food and food production. He picks up a prize of approximately $112,000.

Schmidt, who is based in Berlin, was chosen from 11 finalists including Adam Bartos, Motoyuki Daifu, Rineke Dijkstra, Hong Hao, Mishka Henner, Juan Fernando Herràn, Boris Mikhailov, Abraham Oghobase, Allan Sekula and Laurie Simmons.

Launched in 2008, Prix Pictet seeks to highlight environmental and social issues and is themed annually. This year, the jury considered entries around the theme of consumption.

An exhibition featuring all of the entrants runs at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from May 22, 2014 to June 14, 2014.


Josh Raab is a member of TIME.com’s photo staff.


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