Iran's Lake Urmia used to be the largest lake in the Middle East. But the salt lake has shrunk by two-thirds since 1997.
According to the United Nations Development Program, the lake has shrunk because of Iran's water crisis and detrimental agricultural policies.
The area's agriculture and economy have suffered. Many people have moved away.
Meysam Mir Zendehdel, a documentary photographer, took his first trip to the lake in 2013.
A washed-up boat sits empty in the lake.
A shot from inside the boat.
Bleak and austere, the atmosphere at Lake Urmia appears completely desolate. "After seeing it, I found it an environmental and social disaster," Zendehdel said. "It was a tragedy."
A herd of sheep walks at the lake.
Wooden planks remind you that water was once in abundance here.
People pack bags of what appears to be salt.