The WASH photo project exhibition

WaterAid/ Meenal Upreti

Event information

Seven #WaterFellows part of The WASH Photo Project fellowship travelled to 10 states and 18 locations across India exploring and photo documenting visual narratives on the theme of water.

WaterAid India’s photography fellowship 'The WASH Photo Project 2018-19' culminated on World Water Day, 22 March 2019 with a photography exhibition curated by WaterAid India at DLF Promenade Mall in Delhi.

About the fellowship

The documentary photography fellowship is an opportunity to witness and capture how clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene practices have a positive impact on an individual’s life, and how the lack of it can lead to unimaginable circumstances.

A fully funded fellowship, it encourages amateur photographers from educational institutions to participate and document strong, innovative and diverse visual narratives.

Our panel of accomplished documentary photographers – Samar Singh Jodha, Paroma Mukherjee and Prashanth Vishwanathan mentored the selected fellows during the fellowship period.

Why the exhibition

With a cross-national coverage, the fellowship aims to explore visual stories on water across India. It culminated with a photography exhibition on World Water Day (22 March 2019) to give the selected fellows an opportunity to showcase their work.

The aim of the exhibition was to engage a wider audience in the global water crisis and use photography as a pathway to understand as well as start a conversation about the water crisis in the country and its solution. It drew on a wealth of stories from 10 states and 18 locations across the country demonstrating the scale of water crisis and the various interventions that are being adopted by rural and urban communities.

About the photographs

‘The WASH Photo Project’ aims to capture the various issues faced by urban and rural communities when it comes to accessing clean water like walking for miles and spending hours just to access a few buckets of water or the severe health implications of consuming unclean water.

The photographs were categorised under five key themes that emerged from the word WATER.

Highlights from the event

The exhibition layout was designed in the shape of the word ‘WATER’ in order to create a visual impact and make it visible from an aerial view as well.