Francesco Zizola

Francesco Zizola

Francesco Zizola (Italy) has documented the world's major conflicts and their hidden crisis, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues that define life in the developing world as well as in western countries. A strong ethical commitment and a distinctive aesthetic eye are specific features of his pictures. His assignments and personal projects have taken him around the world, giving him the opportunity to carefully portray forgotten crises and relevant issues often disregarded by the mainstream media.

In 2008 he founded 10b Photography (Rome, Italy), a multipurpose centre for digital photography promoting photography culture through exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

He received several awards over the years, including ten awards in World Press Photo contests and four Picture of the Year International awards (POYi). In 2003 Henri Cartier Bresson included one of Francesco's pictures among his 100 favorites. This collection was made into an exhibition - Les Choix d'Henri Cartier Bresson -  and a book.

Francesco published seven books, among which Uno Sguardo Inadeguato (Collana Grandi Autori, FIAF, 2013), Iraq (Ega/Amnesty International, 2007) and Born Somewhere (Delpire/Fusi Orari, 2004), an extensive work on the living conditions of children from 27 different countries. In 2014 he was a jury member of the World Press Photo Contest. In 2016 Francesco has been awarded 2nd prize in the Contemporary Issues category of World Press Photo for his series ‘In the Same Boat‘.

Francesco lives in Rome, Italy.



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  • Khodjely City, Uzbekistan, Aral Sea. October 1997. Republican Recover School for children with serious malformations. October 1997
  • Somalia, 2000
  • Congo Paradox 2005
  • Kuito, Bie province, Angola. June, 17th 2002. A girl running in front of a building used to be the school. Kuito, Bie province, Angola. June, 17th 2002. A girl running in front of a building used to be the school.
  • Every six hours a child dies on the streets of Brazil. The "menino de rua" (child of the street) is the symbol of Brazil‚Äôs degradation. There are around 12 million street children in Barzil. These children are reflections of ‚Äúcivil society

sponge divers of kalymnos

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For centuries the tiny island of Kalymnos, in the Aegean Sea, has been known…

sustainable development: morocco’s road to cop22

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The 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention…

the new cocoa women

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The New Cocoa Women is the name of a project sponsored by Luigi Zaini…

in the same boat

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In 2015 the ever-increasing number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy…


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In the ancient Greek culture, Hybris came to define the sin of excess, arrogance,…

kidnapped and rescued

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On 2 June 2015, a group of 86 Eritreans were being driven from Ajdabiya…

depth of silence

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In memory of the victims of the 3 October 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck.On 3 October…

francis’ pontificate

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“Obtaining an accreditation to follow the Pope feels like being invited to the Court…

world religious leaders

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World religious leaders gathered in Rome, Italy, to take part to the 27th inter-religious…

song of solitude: photography in concert with music

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Recently, Francesco Zizola was contacted by the talented baroque cello player and composer Michal…

elections in italy: the five star movement

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 Following the Italian elections in February 2013, Francesco Zizola photographed the new faces of…

the last beet of sweetness

Francesco Zizola - October 2011

I was invited by the Noorderlicht Foundation to take part in The Sweet and…