Water Stories: A Photographic Exhibition

9 Jan 2017 2016 OUTDOOR

Since 2011, American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight countries for his long-term photographic project on water. Water Stories will include nearly 70 large-scale photographs and previously un-exhibited images of the water challenge in New York as well as images from around the world including Brazil, Nigeria and China.

Featuring: Mustafah Abdulaziz

Presented by

HSBC Water Programme, a partnership between HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF











In Water Stories, Mustafah Abdulaziz presents powerful images, from across four continents, documenting the global water crisis. In collaboration with the HSBC Water Programme, a partnership between HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, the exhibition highlights how water shapes every aspect of our lives and what is being done globally to address this critical issue. The installation will feature 70 large-scale photographs on the East River waterfront, presented in massive light boxes visible from Manhattan. Water Stories will remain on view through October 12.


Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986, New York City) lives 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. Abdulaziz worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, he was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch.


The HSBC Water Programme is a five year, US$100m partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, three NGOs that rank amongst the world’s most respected environmental and sustainable development organisations.  The programme also funds charities managing local water projects proposed by HSBC employees. These partnerships provide the necessary scale to deliver the powerful combination of water provision, protection and education; benefiting communities in need, enabling people to prosper, and driving economic development and growth.

Earthwatch is creating a global database on freshwater quality which will improve the way this most precious resource is used and managed. 7,500 HSBC employees in more than 30 cities worldwide are being trained as citizen scientists to help create the biggest database of its kind.

WaterAid is working to reach 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million with sanitation across South Asia – in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan – and the West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria. Working with local partners and engaging decision makers, the project supports WaterAid’s campaign to bring about a world where everyone everywhere has these essentials by 2030

WWF is leading work to protect rivers and freshwater resources across the world that are home to billions of people and many critically endangered species. Practices and policies are being implemented to better manage these vital resources, which support ecosystems and are vital to the health of the businesses and communities around them.