Water: California


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Mustafah Abdulaziz, Classic Club Golf Course, Palm Desert, California, USA, 2015

Mustafah Abdulaziz, Classic Club Golf Course, Palm Desert, California, USA, 2015

Water: California

The latest installment of Mustafah Abdulaziz’s acclaimed Water series focuses on the drought crisis in California and will debut at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC during FotoWeekDC.

The Berlin-based photographer was the winner of the second Syngenta Photography Award, Scarcity-Waste.

Compelled by the United Nations’ 2010 report, which revealed that nearly 3.4 billion people across the globe will face water scarcity by 2025, Abdulaziz began documenting the impact of the crisis on a number of different cultures, in 2011. Supported by WaterAid, the United Nations and VSCO, his photographic series has captured the challenge of water scarcity facing populations in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Nigeria, Brazil and China. 

Responding to the Award’s theme of Scarcity-Waste, Abdulaziz’s winning commission project proposal looks to the American state of California, where relentless drought has exacerbated the complex relationship between the dire need for water to ensure livelihoods, and the natural resource at work.

About Mustafah Abdulaziz:

Mustafah Abdulaziz is a documentary photographer based in Berlin, Germany. His ongoing project, Water has received support from the United Nations, WaterAid and VSCO, has been reviewed by Phaidon, Monopol and published in Der SpiegelThe New YorkerTIME and The Guardian. In 2010, he worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal and in 2012 was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch. His clients include Le MondeThe New York TimesMonocle, and NPR. His prints are represented by Milk Gallery in New York City. His archive is represented by Ostkreuz Agency in Germany. Abdulaziz is a member of the MJR photo collective. Water is a member of the Blue Earth Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.