Photographer Marcella Haddad is a visionary and an artist of the highest calibre. Her exhibition, "My Voice, My Life" at the Hoopers Gallery in London is a gorgeous and penetrating look at the people of Bangladesh, Mexico, and her native Brazil and their fight against poverty and injustice. Her focus on how the global water crisis affects these people is especially fascinating to me, as the subject is on my mind these days. My book Troubled Water deals with some of the same issues.
my voice, my life
celebrating the lives of people in Bangladesh, Mexico and Brazil
The people from Bangladesh, Mexico and Brazil featured in this exhibition are some of the most impoverished in the world. Some have no land; others have no homes; and most live on less than 60 pence a day - like 1.2 billion others around the world.
Marcella Haddad's extraordinary photographs celebrate the spirit, determination and dignity of communities facing desperate poverty each day.
From the struggle to collect drinking water in Bangladesh, to landless families trying to make a living in Brazil, this exhibition shows how the Catholic aid agency CAFOD works alongside people in need to tackle poverty and injustice.
The exhibition began as a collaboration between CAFOD and the freelance photographer Marcella Haddad, who has been documenting the relationship between people and water in her native Brazil for more than three years.
Marcella lives in London and has worked for international charities ranging from War on Want to Survival International. Her photos have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world and in galleries from London to Sao Paulo.