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More People, More Challenges
Photograph by Peter Essick

Blown and baked dry, clean clothes ride the hot afternoon breeze at this public washing station on the outskirts of Kolkata (Calcutta), India. In the late afternoon the laundrymen themselves begin to bathe in the freshwater pool left by monsoon rains. No more than a village 300 years ago, Kolkata has exploded into one of the developing world’s megacities, where some 13 million people require fresh water. According to UN estimates, by 2010 more than half the world’s population will live in urban areas, promising to make the quest for ample, clean water more difficult than ever.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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