Mustafah Abdulaziz was born in New York City in 1986.
After traveling across America at 17, he started using photographs as a way to record his personal journeys before working as a contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. His current project “Water Is Gold” focuses on the global issue of water, the impact of unsafe sources on populations and ultimately how we use and misuse our most precious resource.
He has worked on assignment for publications such as The New York Times, Monocle, NPR, Newsweek, M Le magazine du Monde, Intelligent Life, National Geographic Poland, Financial Times, Fader Magazine, VICE Germany. He has received commissions from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the MuralArts Program of Philadelphia.
He is based in Berlin, Germany.
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2012: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant
2012: International Photo Awards, Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, Lucie Award, Honorable Mention
2012: Selected as one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch
2012: Selected as one of Magenta’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers
2012: Renaissance Photography Prize, Memory, Winner
2012: American Photography 28, Winner
2011: Ippies Journalism Awards, Best Photo Essay, 3rd Place
2010: International Center of Photography Infinity Award, Young Photographer, Finalist
2009: En Foco International Photography Competition, 1st Place, Photo Essay
2009: Nikon Emerging Photographer Scholarship
2009: Selected as one of Magenta’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers
2009: NPPA, Best of Photojournalism, 3rd Place, Enterprise Picture Story
2008: Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, 1st Place Sports Picture Story, 1st Place Portraits
Group Exhibitions / Screenings
05.16.12 – “Memory Loss” New York Photo Festival, New York City, USA.
06.02.12 – “Ralph Lauren Runway” Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, Malaysia.
06.06.12 – “USA v. Japan, New York City, 2011.” Foto8 Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
06.11.12 – “Love Is Not a Color Photograph” Mall Galleries, London, United Kingdom
07.07.12 – “Memory Loss” Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston, USA
12.21.11 – “Underground” MILK Gallery, New York City, USA.
01.21.10 – “Make-Do” MJR and Luceo Images group exhibition. Gallery 25CPW, New York City, USA.
01.25.10 – “Cowboys of Patagonia” University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA.
04.06.10 – “Cowboys of Patagonia” Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, USA.
05.19.10 – “Personal Renaissance” Solo show, City Hall, Philadelphia, USA.
11.20.10 – “Cowboys of Patagonia” Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
12.21.10 – “Underground” MILK Gallery, New York City, USA.
02.14.09 – “Cowboys of Patagonia” Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, USA.
10.18.09 – “Cowboys of Patagonia” Splashlight SoHo, New York City, USA.