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


Francesco Zizola - July 2006

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italian immigration

Francesco Zizola - 2004-2005

Off the coast of Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. Many people from Africa try to reach…

congo paradox

Francesco Zizola - June 2005

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the richest countries in the…

tsunami, indonesia

Francesco Zizola - January 2005

The December 26 tsunami which devastated Southeast Asia, hit the Banda Aceh province in…


Francesco Zizola - 2003

A selection of images taken during the first three months - March, April and…

the nuba in sudan

Francesco Zizola - 1997 - 2002

Strategically positioned like a cushion between Black Christian and Arab Islamic Africa, the Nuba…

the invisible war: afghanistan

Francesco Zizola - 2001

Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues. – Hobbes, LeviathanThe U.S…

aids, zambia

Francesco Zizola - February 2001

Lusaka's main daily, the 'Times of Zambia' reports in bold characters that 'masturbation is…

eritrea 1999

Francesco Zizola - May 1999

The Eritrean-Ethiopian War took place from May 1998 to June 2000.Before, from 1962 until…


Francesco Zizola - May 1999

A series about children and schools in Japan, a country where children are permitted only 5 days…

albania, kosovo 1999

Francesco Zizola - March 1999

These pictures are made in the Kosovo-Albanian border, in March 1999, following the Red…

black gold 1997

Francesco Zizola - 1997

After the Soviet Union broke up, the oil and gas wells of the Caspian…