Photo Gallery: Stéphane Couturier Goes Inside a Toyota Factory

Melting Point, Stéphane Couturier’s series of 20 large-scale time-exposure photographs depicting a Toyota assembly plant in Valenciennes, France, is among the work shortlisted for a 2011 Prix Pictet award, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. This year’s theme was “growth,” something which “lifts countless millions out of poverty, [but] also has a huge and potentially unsustainable environmental cost,” and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Paris on March 17th. So, we guess it’s pretty obvious who we’ll be rooting for. Click through to check out more of Couturier’s colorful images which seek to document the ceaseless — and in many cases, automated — movement of industry.

Stéphane Couturier, Usine Toyota n°1, 2005