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: The global water crisis in pictures. Coming soon to Brisbane's South Bank, 15-26 September 2017. Last chance to see the exhibition on display at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney until 5 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.”

A selection of his images and stories from six countries, across four continents, will be displayed until 5 September 2017, at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (access via the Queen Elizabeth II Gate at the Sydney Opera House forecourt), from 7am to 8pm.

The images will then be shown for the first time in Brisbane from 15 September– 26 September 2017. The exhibition is being supported in Brisbane by The International River Foundation and Brisbane City and can be viewed at the Southbank, Lower Boardwalk, The Clem Jones Promenade.

The international exhibition was first shown in Stockholm in August 2015, and has since travelled to London, Hong Kong, New York and Vancouver before arriving in Sydney and now Brisbane.

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

A sewer pipe underneath Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York, USA, 2016 © Earthwatch/Mustafah Abdulaziz
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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