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

arpeggio in g: photography in concert with music

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

bitter harvest

Francesco Zizola - November 2011

The Noorderlicht Foundation invited me to take part in The Sweet and Sour Story…

brazil’s new middle class

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Brazil is booming, and so is its middle class. Between 2005 and 2011, more…

romans of the decadence

Francesco Zizola - January 2011

Rome, the "eternal city", is not new to vile scandals involving its ruling class.…

the water war

Francesco Zizola - 2009 - 2010

A cornerstone of the early Zionist ideal was “to make the desert bloom”. The…

south sudan: on the eve of independence

Francesco Zizola - July 2011

On 9th of July 2011 a new country will be born in Africa. The…

kibera: the permanent squatters, nairobi

Francesco Zizola - June - July 2011

The area known today as Kibera was once a wooded hillside outside the city…

peace talks, tribal chiefs

Francesco Zizola - July 2011

On 9 July 2011 South Sudan separated from the North and became the world’s…

horn of africa

Francesco Zizola - July 2011

The challenge of the Turkana pastoralists of North-western Kenya. 

Still recovering from a severe drought…

brazil’s sweet solution – solutions

Francesco Zizola - October 2010

The biofuel that powers more than 10 million cars. Started as a way to reduce…

born somewhere

Francesco Zizola - 1995-2010

"Né Quelque Part / Born Somewhere" portrays the lives of children in 27 countries.…

blind scuba divers

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Project Poseidon is a program aimed to open scuba diving up to the visually…