Water Stories: A photographic exhibition

Water Stories: The global water crisis in pictures

Shrimp fishing, Lake Hong, Hubei Province, China, 2015

          Shrimp fishing, Lake Hong, Hubei Province, China, 2015. © Mustafah Abdulaziz / WWF-UK

 

Water Stories is an internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring a selection of images and stories from six countries, across four continents, which depict the world’s global water crisis. It was on display most recently on Brisbane’s South Bank and in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden in September 2017.

Since 2011, American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled the world for his long-term photographic project on water. His powerful images convey the effects of the global water crisis on people and the environment, and how better management and protection of water sources can strengthen communities, and underpin development.

Mr Abdulaziz says: “Water is one of the great challenges of our time. Across the planet we are seeing our fundamental relationship with water called into question…it is my hope that this exhibition may, irrespective of our borders, remind us that we must address this challenge as one and work towards coexistence with our environment, as much for individual benefit as our collective gain. Our future depends on our understanding; water hangs in the balance.”

The international exhibition was first shown in Stockholm in August 2015, before travelling to London, Hong Kong (three different locations), New York, Vancouver, and to its two Australian destinations.

Water Stories has been a highly powerful asset in sparking conversation in the media and among public audiences about the urgent global water crisis which the world currently faces. Millions of people have been reached through Water Stories – either by seeing Mr Abdulaziz’s striking imagery in person, online or in the news.

The Water Stories project is a collaboration with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, and is supported by the HSBC Water Programme.  

Astoria Park, Queens, New York City, USA, 2016 © Earthwatch/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Aerial view of Lower Manhattan, New York, USA, 2016  © Earthwatch/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Shanghai, China, 2015 © WWF-UK/Mustafah Abdulaziz

 

Rakhi Mandi slum, Kanpur, India, 2014 © WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Kalavati, Rakhi Mandi slum, Kanpur, India, 2014 © WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Seema Gosain, Goswami Nagar slum, Kanpur, India, 2014 © WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Children journey to collect water, Sindh Province, Pakistan, 2013 © WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz

 

A child suffering from severe diarrhoea, Thatta, Pakistan, 2013 © WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Three Gorges Dam, Yichang, Hubei Province, China, 2015 © WWF-UK/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Wang Guicai, fisherman, Lake Hong, Hubei Province, China, 2015 © WWF-UK/Mustafah Abdulaziz
Finless porpoise, Wuhan Institute of Hydrobiology, Hubei Province, China, 2015 © WWF-UK/Mustafah Abdulaziz

 


 

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