Photographer Gideon Mendel was born in 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Psychology and African History at the University of Cape Town and began working in photography in 1984 during some of the darkest days of apartheid. His experience helped to define his lifelong approach to photography-engaging creatively with social and political issues. In the early 1990s, he moved to London and continued to create politically charged artwork including his longitudinal project on the impact of HIV/AIDS, Through Positive Eyes.
Since 2007, Mendel has been occupied with Drowning World,
an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change.
Photo by Gowhar Fazili.