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Rodrigo Abd

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Photograph by Rodrigo Abd

Image Title: Oil Fisherman

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Year Created: 2019

Image Description: Fishermen get ready to start a new work day in crab fishing in Maracaibo lake, Cabimas, Venezuela.

Prized oil wealth once pumped from Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo has turned the vast body of water into a polluted wasteland as boom turns to bust. Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout as hundreds of crab fishermen who scratch out an existence on its perpetually oil-soaked shores. Production in Venezuela has crashed to a fifth of its high two decades ago, leaving behind abandoned and broken equipment.

This picture was made with an ancient wooden box camera where the photo development process is carried out within the same box.

Photographer's Bio:

Rodrigo Abd was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and since 2003 has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Guatemala. He has worked on AP special assignments covering stories from political turmoil in Bolivia to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to political conflict in Libya. Abd, along with fellow AP photographers, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photograph for his gripping work covering the Syrian civil war.