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.
  • 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

world press photo awards – multimedia

Francesco Zizola - May 2010

A brief slideshow to introduce the eight World Press Photo Awards Francesco Zizola won…

beach culture

Francesco Zizola - February 2009

The beach plays a big part in the minds of the people in Rio…

two best-seller authors against crime

Francesco Zizola - March 2009

Roberto Saviano (1979) is an Italian writer and journalist.Saviano was born in Naples, where…

calabria ndrangheta

Francesco Zizola - December 2008

Italy, Calabria 2007. The Calabrian 'Ndrangheta is one of the most powerful and ruthless…

maldives: a broken paradise

Francesco Zizola - December 2008

Known as a tourist paradise, a picture postcard, a honeymoon dream - the Maldives…

violence in colombia

Francesco Zizola - December 2008

Every 8 minutes a woman is killed in the world. Colombia has the second…

when hunger is green

Francesco Zizola - July 2008

Amidst the lushness of dark green maize and banana leaves, children in southern Ethiopia…

green hunger portraits

Francesco Zizola - July 2008

Ethiopia faces a major crisis – chronic drought coupled with food prices that have…


Francesco Zizola - December 2007

Kiva Microfunds, is a non-profit organization founded in San Francisco in October 2005 by…

intervista con francesco zizola – multimedia

Francesco Zizola - July 2007

Francesco Zizola talks about his experiences as an independent photographer working in conflict situations…

a paradise in peril: the maldives – consequences

Francesco Zizola - June 2007

The Maldives, the lowest lying nation on earth, is at risk of disappearing from…

a paradise in peril – multimedia

Francesco Zizola - 2009

Slideshow of the photo reportage Francesco Zizola made in the Maldives, the lowest lying…