Logan FotoTalk: Mustafah Abdulaziz

  • National Geographic Museum 1145 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036

About the Photographer:

Born in New York City in 1986, the 30-year old photographer has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 5 years now.

After abandoning his childhood dreams to become a pilot, Abdulaziz began his photography career when he started working for a regional newspaper in Pennsylvania. He received his first major assignment in 2009, photographing President Obama’s inauguration for The Wall Street Journal, where he later became the paper’s first contract photographer.

Abdulaziz is best known for his on-going project Water, which features powerful photographs spanning four continents whose subjects document the global water crisis. Started in 2011, the project is Abdulaziz’s most central work, one he will be continuing to develop until 2026. The project focusses on the harsh reality of living without access to clean water, and the issue of water scarcity, both of which are often found in places with backgrounds of conflict, poor infrastructure, corruption and tribalism. Water has received international support from the United Nations, WWF, VSCO and WaterAid. His photographs have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, TIME, and The Guardian.

Abdulaziz was named as one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2012, and in 2015 was awarded the Syngenta Photography Award for his acclaimed Water series.