Khoteswa, Narmada River, India 1999 by Karen Robinson.

Water is the subject of a panel discussion this evening at the David Brower Center to kick off Water, Rivers and People/Agua, Ríos y Pueblos, a photography exhibition in the center’s Hazel Wolf Gallery.

The exhibition, an international collaboration, is an homage to those who fight to defend rivers and the people who depend on them. Through its striking imagery, the exhibition charts inspiring examples of rivers that have been protected by citizen action, and community-led efforts to provide water for people in affordable, sustainable and effective ways.

Loire River, France 2009, by J.F. Souchard.

Photographers Robert Dawson and Roberto Bear Guerra, both featured in the exhibition, will be on hand tonight to discuss the artist’s experience in highlighting the connection between rivers, dams and human rights.

They will be joined by Steve Rothert, California Director of American Rivers, and Aviva Imhof, Campaigns Director of International Rivers, a Berkeley organization based in the Brower Center. The panel discussion is from 6:30-7:30pm in the Goldman Theater and the opening reception runs from 7:30-9:00pm.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...