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Prix Pictet, Confinement, Te Neues publishing, 104pp, £29.95 (hb) More than 40 photographers shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize since 2008 cast their eye over a world depleted by the Cobid-19 pandemic in Prix Pictet, Confinement. High-profile names such as Naoya Hatakeyama of Japan, London-born Susan Derges and the US photographer Joel Sternfeld give their own personal responses, in texts and imagery, to the devastation caused by the coronavirus crisis. The US photojournalist Ed Kashi shows sufferers being transported to hospital by the emergency services while the French photographer Stéphane Couturier focuses on “buildings in Brasilia’s banking sector [representing] a world that has suddenly become obsolete”. Activist Shahidul Alam’s image is pithily summed up in its title: Artists protest against the Digital Security Act used to arrest artists and journalists during Covid-19, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020).