Mustafah Abdulaziz was born in New York City in 1986.

Worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. Has been published in The New York Times, Monocle, Newsweek, Le Monde, NPR, Mother JonesNational Geographic Poland, Outside Magazine, Financial Times, The New Yorker, Telegraph MagazineThe Guardian, Fader Magazine, VICE Germany. In 2012, he was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch.

Memory Loss (2011) stemmed from a sense of dislocation, created from extended trips across the United States and through the canvassing of unrelated narratives. Love Is Not a Color Photograph (2012) examined a relationship with a Swedish dancer between New York City, Sweden and Germany. Whereas previous work included elements of individuals seen within cultural identity, this later work marks a departure from journalism into an embrace of personal story-lines, subjective perspective and strictly unposed documentation.

Water (2012-2018) is photographic typology of a natural resource in crisis. Structured into chapters, the project reflects on our relationship with water, how we use and misuse it, to ultimately understand our place within one of the greatest challenges of our time. This on-going project, spanning water issues from 32 countries, has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, commissions from the United Nations and WaterAid.

He lives in Berlin, Germany.



PDN’s 30 2012: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Monopol “Water”

MSNBC “Women in Ethiopia struggle to survive without water”

Roads & Kingdoms “Water, Pestilence, Power: Q&A with Mustafah Abdulaziz”

The Telegraph Magazine “Shoot Stories: Mustafah Abdulaziz”

The New York Times “On the Road, Embracing the Distance”

The New York Times “Turning Point”

Phaidon “Mustafah Abdulaziz photographs the Ganges”

The Guardian “Men Bathing in a Ganges tributary”

6MOIS “Un regard très sérieux”

6MOIS “Corvée d’eau en Ethiopie”

Dazed & Confused “The World of Mustafah Abdulaziz”