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No Agua, No Vida
The Thirsty Colorado River Delta
The writer Wallace Stegner once called the arid American west our "Geography of Hope." Its vast skies and towering mountains promise a future of limitless opportunity. But at what cost have we watered this living mythology? We have compelled a once wild, red, living force — the Colorado River— to nourish our vision of the urban/industrial landscapes of Eastern states on a land of little rain. Without the Colorado River, civilization as we know it in the West would vanish.
These photographs are part of an ongoing project examining the consequences of creating a paradise of lakes, lawns and farms where none should be. The Colorado itself only rarely now makes its ancient rendezvous with the Sea of Cortez and the people of its Delta, the most affected and least powerful party on the Colorado, worry that the remaining water that sustains them and the land where they live will soon evaporate north of the border.
John Trotter worked as a newspaper photojournalist for fourteen years until March 24, 1997, when, while on assignment for The Sacramento Bee, he was nearly beaten to death by a half-dozen young men. During his long recovery from that attack he photographed Sierra Gates, a brain injury rehabilitation residence, where he had lived after his release from the hospital. A book of those photographs is forthcoming.
On the fourth anniversary of his attack, Trotter took the first pictures for his project on the Colorado River Delta, in Mexico.
He has lived in Brooklyn, New York, the Oakland of Manhattan, since 2000.
Photographer: Greg Kahn
Three extra millimeters of water every year will make land vanish. It will swallow communities. It will change environmental habitats forever. For townspeople along the inner-coastal region of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the impact of sea level rise is no longer an abstract worry debated by politicians. They see the land becoming more saturated beneath their feet.
Beauty and the Beast
Wildflowers and Climate Change
Photographer: Rob Badger and Nita Winter
How is climate change impacting wildflower ecosystems on our public lands? What will be lost?...
Between River and Sea
Photographer: Michael Hanson
Between River and Sea focuses on life in and around Apalachicola, FL. For over a century, an independent, hand-built industry has drifted through the shallow waters of the Apalachicola Bay. This bay, one of the most productive and unique ecosystems in the country, once produced 10% of the nation’s oysters and 90% of Florida's. Today, only a handful of oystermen have work and this community struggles to maintain its tradition and livelihood. Oysters need a mix of freshwater and saltwater. They depend on this balance but the freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin has been drastically cut short by a series of dams and overuse in Georgia and Alabama. As droughts persist alongside a constant pressure from a major metropolitan city at the headwaters, the Apalachicola Bay clings to a trickle of water. The project aims to connect users throughout the watershed and expose what's at the end of the river. It also aims to celebrate the bay and a lifestyle that revolves around the perfect mix of fresh and salt water.
Breaking the Cycle
a documentary film
Photographer: Dan Lamont and Sara Finkelstein
The facts are startling: the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country on Earth. Those who fill the jails often come from fractured families with pernicious, multigenerational histories of poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. Kids from such environments too often get in trouble. Incarcerated youth have a 75 percent chance of reoffending as adults and the cycle continues. It is a terrible tragedy and a colossal waste of human lives and social resources.
Cameras without Borders
Photography for Healing and Peace
Photographer: Eberhard Riedel
Recurrent racism, tribalism and fundamentalist ideology are tearing apart the human fabric. Over ...
Energy in the American West
Photographer: Jamey Stillings
Changing Perspectives is an aerial and ground based examination of large-scale renewable energy d...
Reclaiming the Duwamish River
Photographer: Tom Reese
The Duwamish River can be hard to love, but it flows powerfully through the hearts of those who k...
East Africa's LGBT Refugees
Photographer: Jake Naughton
Dual Shadows explores the lives of LGBTQ refugees in East Africa, from their countries of origin, to purgatory in Kenya, to lives as resettled refugees in America. Uganda is infamous for its anti-gay legislation, but LGBTQ people across the region are beaten, persecuted and killed by officials, neighbors and sometimes their own families.
Epidemic - TB in the Global Community
Photographer: David Rochkind
The statistics are alarming. In 2009, there were 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB)...
Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken
Photographer: Bruce Farnsworth
Forgotten on the Bakken illustrates the environmental and cultural impacts of fracking, an industry now underway in 20 states. This project begins on the northern great plains but is representative of experiences throughout fracking country. Traditions of open space and agrarian livelihoods have been disrupted by a flurry of activities associated with the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry. North Dakota—situated on the Bakken geologic formation—is now the second highest oil-producing state in the nation.
Knife Fight City
Photographer: Richard Steven Street
Knife Fight City explores an unacknowledged variety of American apartheid in Huron, poorest town in California, where an American peasantry slaves for industrialized agriculture in a giant farm labor exploitation camp.
Life Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway
Photographer: Roberto (Bear) Guerra
"Highways, of course, alter everything. They change patterns of human settlement, hasten the dest...
Lágrimas do Rio Doce
Tears of the Sweet River
Photographer: Leonardo Merçon
The project Lágrimas do Rio Doce (Translation: Tears of the Sweet River) is an independent photographic-audiovisual production aiming to show the real consequences of this tragedy for biodiversity, local populations and traditional communities that depend on the river to survive. The river is rooted in the culture of fishermen, native americans (índios) and riverside populations. Through this project, these communities will be given a voice.
Leaving the Life
Photographer: Tim Matsui
Leaving the Life uses the power of stories to foster empathy among stakeholders and build unexpected alliances, strengthening the anti-trafficking movement and efforts to effectuate institutional and cultural change.
Photographer: Terri Garland
This project examines the consequences of greed and neglect in relation to both the loss of vital...
Mountain Caribou Initiative
A Visual Journey into the Imperiled World of an Endangered Species
Photographer: David Moskowitz
The alpine kingdom of mountain caribou in western Canada and the northwestern United States is crumbling around these beautiful and sensitive creatures. As their habitat has been steadily altered or destroyed by human activities, mountain caribou have been declining rapidly. Unsure whether this project will be documentation of the end of a distinct ecotype of caribou or a step towards inspiring the change in human behavior needed to save these animals, David Moskowitz set out to explore the world of these reclusive animals across the Selkirk, Columbia and Rocky mountains.
Photographer: Greg Constantine
As multi-ethnic societies continue to reshape cultures around the world, the basic rights afforde...
Our Warming World
Photographer: Daniel Beltrá
My project asks us to consider the landscape as a place we have altered, all while striving to co...
Photographer: Katherine Jack
We know that our marine environment is changing the world over. What about the cultures that form part of these ecosystems?
Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region
Photographer: Alasdair Turner
We have entered a time when places the least near us beckon us to understand them, to feel them so that while we tred on our part of the Earth they are constantly with us and with our choices. Ross Island and the McMurdo Sound Region and the science being conducted there embody what is left of our critical and fragile ecosystems and our attempts to understand them. They are not land for a nation but a place for the world. This project is intended to emotionally and scientifically engage citizens of every nation about why this place and the incredible science that is being conducted there matters. It will give life to and investigate the science of the region from the earliest expeditions to today’s ongoing research.
Photographer: Paul Colangelo
Salvation Fish is a three-pronged project with the goal of raising the public profile an...
The Truth Told Project
Photographer: Sarah Fretwell
The Truth Told Project was born in December of 2010 when award-winning photographer Sarah Fretwel...
Photographer: Mustafah Abdulaziz
Initiated in 2011, “Water” is a fifteen-year photographic project. Water and humanity are moving towards a crisis. We live in a time when 650 million people have no access to safe drinking water; when our rivers, basins and lakes are affected by decades of industry; when rising sea levels are placing Pacific Islanders in the cross-hairs of becoming the first climate refugees. The complexity of our relationship with water reflects our greater behavior towards our environment, which we’re beginning to understand has a defining impact on our planet.
Photographer: Annie Marie Musselman
In the wake of the exotic animal trade, a sanctuary exists in Washington State where wolves are r...