Sammy Baloiji is one of twelve photographers shortlisted for theÂ 2009 Prix Pictet, a prize for photography about sustainability. The premise behind his series is simple – to superimpose photographs from the Congoâ€™s colonial past over modern photographs of the consequences of that history. The Congo has been well and truly raped for minerals and other resources over the last century; for that seeÂ Adam Hochschildâ€™sÂ King Leopoldâ€™s Ghost. Also this blog post about Mongrelâ€™sÂ Tantalum Memorial.
The theme for the 2009 Prix Pictet was â€œEarthâ€. The 2009 shortlist is really phenomenal and includes work from the great Darren Almond, Yao Luâ€™s remarkable Chinese landscapes constructed from rubbish won theÂ 2008 Paris Photo Prize, Edward Burtynskyâ€™s scary/beautiful quarry photographs, and this series, again from quarries, from Naoya Hatakeyama:
Blast #5707 by Naoya Hatakeyama, 1998 Japan
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