With the world population reaching seven billion, soon the question comes as to what effect that has on our global living conditions. Rapid urbanization in the last fifteen years has been accompanied by an increase in slum settlements and more than thirty percent of the world’s urban residents now live in poor-quality, overcrowded houses and settlements. There, they face a degraded environment, diseases and daily violence.
With the group project “Urban Survivors, into the Slums”, executed in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan and South Africa, six NOOR photographers, Alixandra Fazzina, Pep Bonet, Stanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola and Andrea Bruce, give a view into the living conditions in urban settlements, showing what is at stake globally for the world’s urban population. Kadir van Lohuizen recently returned from Honduras, his chapter will be added shortly to the overall project.
MSF launched an awareness campaign in association with NOOR on this ever-growing global concern. The project resulted in the Urban Survivors web documentary made by Darjeeling Productions featuring photo-films – the website was nominated for the 2012 Webby Awards – and a traveling photo exhibition, see the news section on this website for the latest exhibition schedule.