Giulio Di Sturco

Ganges Death of a River


“The Ganges is a prime example of the unresolved contradiction between man and the environment. The Ganges is a river intimately connected with every aspect of Indian life. It is a source of water, energy and livelihood for millions of people who live along the banks of this river, thanks to the fertile lands flushing, provides food to more than one-third of the Indian population. Its ecosystem also includes one of the most numerous and varied animal and plant species. Despite what today is one of the most polluted rivers in the world because of toxic waste every day flock to the factories in its waters, damaging human health and the environment that surrounds him convulsing.”


What will happen tomorrow? Is the Ganges destined to die under the blows of humanity or can we believe that anything will change?

The last Chapters of the project will be:

1) Bangladesh: life along the Ganges as the construction of new dams along the river continues to upset the balance of the lives of people who live along the waters.

2) The Ganges Delta and Sundarbans: documenting the consequences of the rising of sea level and the simultaneous drying of the waters of the river itself.

3) Solutions: the World Bank has just set up a fund to be used for the “cleaning” of the river Ganges. I will show what has been done and what is being done to save the river and the solutions to the problem of pollution of this sacred river.




Giulio Di Sturco (b.1979 Italy) studied at the European Institute of Design and Visual Arts in Rome. In 2007 he moved to India where his spent the next five years refining his visual vocabulary, working in close collaboration with Greenpeace, MSF, WHO and Action Aid throughout much of Asia and Africa. In 2009 Giulio joined the VII Mentor Program. His awards include a World Press Photo first prize, as well as first prizes in the Sony Photography Awards, and the British Journal of Photography International Photography Awards among others. Giulio is currently represented by Getty Reportage and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine, Geo and Financial Times among other publications. He based in Bangkok and continues to work throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Much of his personal work focuses on human adversity in climates of environmental and technological evolution.


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2 thoughts on “Giulio di Sturco – Ganges Death of a River”

  1. With economy developing so does pollution but also for example the emancipation of women , education for more children . With more and broader education will come the awareness of the importance of a balanced ecosystem but what will come first ?
    It is a conflicting situation and earlier attemps to clean this river was a big fail due to all sorts of problems , corruption for one , poor planning , lack of support and understanding , all problems that are mostly connected with a low living standard in parts of the countries this river goes through .
    For me personal the conflict in that is more interesting bút that does not make your essay less interesting .
    However , although beautifull photographed , to me some photo’s come across isolated , with my mind I understand the rhythm and what you are telling ,vissual I am sometimes strugling to comprehend where certain photo’s refer to , is it depency or taking action ?
    This having said , I was impressed with the overall aproach , thank you .

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