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. “We used to think that energy and water would be the critical issues of the 21st century,” says Mostafa Tolba, former head of UN Environment Program, “Now we think water will be the critical issue.” Spanning across countries and themes, the goal of Water is to build a overarching understanding of how humans and water interact at this critical juncture.
If we are to see ourselves as one with nature, and not inseparable from it, then we must see ourselves in the reflection of water.
Biography Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986, New York City, USA) is an American documentary photographer living in Berlin, Germany. His on-going project “Water” has received support from the United Nations, WaterAid, WWF, and VSCO, has been reviewed by Phaidon, Monopol and published in Der Spiegel, The New Yorker, TIME and The Guardian. Worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch. His work focuses on man’s relationship with the natural world. His archive is represented by Ostkreuz Agentur der Fotografen. His prints are represented by Milk Gallery.www.mustafahabdulaziz.com