The Face of Water - portraits from Samburu

PhotographerRudi Dundas
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryMill Valley, United States
Photo Date9/2012
Technical InfoCanon 5DMark II, 24-70f2.8
Entry Description

The Face of Water Each face tells the story of the life it has lived. In 2012, I lived with the Samburu in NW Kenya learning the story of their struggle for water in a time of climate change and drought. I was struck by the dignity and grace by which they are living through great hardship. Water is the most important issue we face today. Without it there is no life. I hope to connect those of us with plenty, to those of us with little.. thousands have lived without love, not one without water... wh auden

About Photographer

Rudi Dundas is a photographer focused on social change and environmental issues. She has traveled on horseback into the Tien Shan Mountains in central Asia to photograph wild tulips for Michael Pollan’s film, BOTANY OF DESIRE, as well as to Rwanda, Ethiopia and Indonesia to cover sustainable farming for Peet’s Coffee, US AID and Technoserve among others. She has photographed extensively in East Africa and India for Blue Planet Network’s drinking water issues. Rudi has exhibited internationally. She worked at the Gobelins in Paris, and in New York City creating tapestries based upon her photographic images. From 1989-1995, she was co-director and owner of a non-profit gallery in Soho in NYC. A past recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Adobe Foundation, she served on the board of directors of Artforum magazine for 20 years is now serving on the board of The American Photographic Artists in San Francisco.