Balazs Gardi | Cresi

Country of origin: Hungary
Project location: South Africa
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2011

The non-profit organization CRESI intends to better the lives of impoverished rural communities found in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, a region I traveled documenting the everyday struggle for survival. This set is an ever-growing collection of reports on the organization’s progress through the efforts of a small group of enthusiastic experts and activists assisting these struggling communities to implement a sustainable economic strategy.


Balazs Gardi is a Hungarian-born photographer who spent the early years of his career traveling the globe before finding a home base in the US, where he currently lives with his wife and son.

To pursue his growing interest in humanity’s complex relationship with itself and with nature, Balazs devoted over a decade to capturing the landscape of the war in Afghanistan, as well as the far-reaching consequences of the global water crisis. His dispatches from the Afghan frontline earned him the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, while his stories from the “water front” also received numerous honors, such as the Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International.

Balazs' work has appeared online and in print around the world, including Google, Harper's, Vanity Fair, National Geographic Magazine, WIRED, Newsweek,  Topic, The New York Times, Outside, TIME, Bloomberg Businessweek, Dazed, Discovery Channel Magazine, The FADER, The Guardian, GoPro, Red Bull, and The Sunday Times Magazine.