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Francesco Zizola

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Photographer & Filmmaker

 

Francesco Zizola (Rome, 1962) has photographed the main crises and conflicts that have taken place in the world in the last 30 years. A strong ethical commitment and a personal stylistic mark characterize his photographic production. Francesco has received numerous awards, including ten World Press Photo and six Picture of the Year International. In 2003 Henri Cartier Bresson included a photograph of Francesco among his 100 favourites. This collection has been transformed into an exhibition - Les Choix d'Henry Cartier Bresson - and into a book. Francesco has published numerous volumes, among which: "An inadequate gaze" (2013), "Iraq" (2007) and "Born Somewhere" (2004) dedicated to the condition of childhood in 27 countries of the world. In 2015 Francesco started a new series called Hubris, a project dealing with man's arrogance towards nature. He also made a short film related to the first chapter which won the SIAE 2018 award for "creative talent" within the Venice Biennale, Film Festival. Francesco has been artistic director of the World Press Photo exhibition in Rome and Ferrara since 2016 and curator of the Rome 2020-21-22 Collection project for the Palazzo delle Esposizioni Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and artistic director of the 10b Photography gallery.

In 2007 Francesco founded the Noor Images agency together with ten other colleagues, now also the Noor Foundation.

Since 2008 he has been Nikon Ambassador Europe. With the NOOR Foundation he focuses on encouraging and supporting young photographers around the world and particularly in areas where access to photography education is very low. The foundation facilitates educational initiatives – workshops, masterclasses, seminars, lectures, tutoring, school visits and other learning activities – in close collaboration with educational institutions, sponsor partners and NOOR's professional photographers, teachers and expert lecturers. Through its ongoing partnership with Nikon, Noor has been offering Masterclasses around the world since 2009. To carry out these projects the foundation seeks the collaboration of NGOs and non-profit organizations, and the financial support of grants, subsidies and sponsor partnerships. Since 2009 NOOR and Nikon have partnered on educational programs that encourage and support young photographic talent around the world. Francesco and the Noor foundation team have built strong partnerships with an international network of young photographers, photography professionals, cultural organizations, journalism and educational institutions. NOOR-Nikon educational programs have successfully trained more than 400 students from more than 80 different countries and counting.

 

Acknowledgments and Roles:

​In 2007 Francesco founded the Noor Images agency together with ten other colleagues, now also the Noor Foundation.

Since 2008 he has been Nikon Ambassador Europe.

Francesco is the Artistic Director of the 10b Photography gallery.

World Press Photo Awards

  • Second Prize, Contemporary Issues, 2016

  • Third Prize, Nature Singles 2012

  • Second Prize, People in the News 2008

  • First Prize, Portraits Singles 2005

  • Second Prize, Daily Life Stories 2002

  • First Prize, General News 1998

  • Second Prize, General News Stories 1998

  • First Prize, People Stories 1997

  • World Press Photo of the Year, for the testimony of the landmine tragedy in Angola 1996

  • First Prize, People in the News 1995

Other awards and recognitions

  • SIAE Award for Creative Talent, Venice Film Festival 2018, "As if we were tuna", 2018

  • Lady Wilmar Photography Award.Doc, SalinaDocFest, "As if we were tuna", 2018

  • Picture of the Year, Recognition for the Environmental Vision Award, "The last sustainable tonnara" 2018

  • Pictures of the Year International, first prize Multimedia News Story, "In the Same Boat" 2016

  • First and Second Prize, NPPA the Best of Photojournalism, United States 2008 Honorable Mention, 16th LeadAwards, Germany 2008

  • Honorable mention, Hansel-Mieth Prize, Germany 2008

  • First Prize, One Vision European 2007

  • NPPA the Best of Photojournalism 2007

  • Jury Prize, DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards 2007

  • Annual Web Winner for Photo District News, USA 2006

  • Hansel-Mieth Prize 2005, Germany 2006

  • Pictures of the Year International, USA 2006

  • Born Somewhere, Photo District News Best Book Selection 2005

  • Second Prize, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, United States 2005

  • Special Recognition, Alexia Foundation for World Peace for "Frontline: the Nuba in Sudan", United States 2004

  • Honorable mention, Hansel-Mieth Prize, Germany 2004

  • Pictures of the Year, National Press Association for "Killing Fields" in Iraq published in US News & World Report 2003

  • Honorable mention, Hansel-Mieth Prize for "Pearl fishermen" in Indonesia, published in Mare, 2001

  • Second Prize, Eugene Smith 2000

  • Pictures of the Year, National Press Association for "Underneath China's Boom" published in US News & World Report 1998

  • Pictures of the Year, National Press Association for "Burn Victim in Iraq" published in Life Magazine 1997 Visa d'Or, International Festival of Photojournalism 1996

  • Ruas, best book, MIFAV Prize, awarded by the School of Photographic Images and Visual Arts of the University of Rome, 1994.

Publications

  • Mare Omnis, Foto-Forum editions, ,2022

  • Aguanta,, Ediuni editions,  2022

  • Blood Sweat Salt, Postcart Publishing House, 2020

  • Moon, notes for dreamers, FIAF 2020 Notebooks

  • 100% Made of Italy, Silvana Editoriale Editions, 2017

  • The new women of Cocoa, Silvana Editoriale Editions, 2016

  • An Inadequate Look, FIAF Great Authors Series, Italy 2013

  • Iraq, Abele Group, Italy 2007

  • Né Quelque Part, Delpire Editeurs France / Born Somewhere, Time Zones Italy 2004 Etats d'enfances, Photo Poche, France 1999

  • Ruas, Abele Edizioni Group, Italy 1994

Personal Exhibitions

  • Mare Omnis, Photo-Forum gallery, Bolzano, Italy 2022

  • Sweat and Blood Rooms, Hotel de Sauroy, Paris, 2021

  • Mare Omnis, exposure gallery Sharijha, 2021

  • Mare Omnis, Church of San Giuliano, Ferrara, Italy, 2018 Der Wall, European Photography, Reggio Emilia, 2018

  • Sweat and Blood Salt, EXMA', Cagliari, Italy 2017

  • Women of Cocoa, Milan Triennale, Italy 2017

  • Personal exhibition at the International Center of Photography in Palermo, 2016

  • An Inadequate Look, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Italy 2013

  • Shadows, MART – Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy 2010

  • Francesco Zizola, Sao Paolo, Brazil 2010

  • Beach Culture, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2010

  • Born Somewhere, Hatachana Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 2009

  • Worlds at the Limit, Francesco Zizola for MSF, International Festival, Ferrara, Italy 2009

  • Voices from the heart, Enel Cuore Onlus, Rimini, Italy 2008

  • Born Somewhere, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Italy 2006

  • The hundred faces of children, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2006

  • Objective Man Environment featuring Born Somewhere, Viterbo, Italy 2005

  • To Live, Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia 2005

  • Shadows, Roman School of Photography, Rome, Italy 2004

  • Heirs of 2000, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany 2000

  • Etats d'enfances, Galerie Fait & Cause, Paris, France 1998

  • FNAC Gallery, Paris, France 1998

  • Heirs of 2000/Unicef, Arengario di Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy 1997

  • Heirs of 2000/Unicef, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy 1997

  • Visa pour l'image, Perpignan, France 1995

 

Collective exhibitions

  • Noor Pulse, Museum of Photography in Charleroy, Belgium 2022

  • Civilisation: the way we live now. Musée des Civilizations de l'Europe et de la Méditerraée (MUCEM) Marseille, France 2021

  • Civilisation: the way we live now. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 2020

  • Civilisation: the way we live now. Auckland Art Gallery Tot o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand 2020

  • Civilisation: the way we live now. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China 2019

  • AKAA Paris Art Fair, VisionQuestT 4red, 2019

  • 2:56am / To The Moon And B. Photolux festival in Lucca, 2019

  • Photo London Art Fair, Ilex Gallery, 2018

  • The dark side of the (honey) moon, collective exhibition, Ragusa Foto festival, Ragusa, 2017

  • Photo London Art Fair, Ilex Gallery, 2017

  • Extraordinary Visions. Italy is watching us, Museum of XXI Century Arts, MAXXI, Rome, 2016

  • Abandons, group exhibition Palazzo Cosentini, Ragusa, Italy, 2015

  • South Sudan on the Eve of Independence, 10x8 Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013

  • Solutions by NOOR, 10b Photography Art Gallery, Rome, Italy 2011

  • Consequences by NOOR, 10b Photography Art Gallery, Rome, Italy 2011

  • Witnesses of Our Time, Rome, Italy 2010

  • Witnesses of Our Time, Scavi Scaligeri Art Museum, Verona 2010

  • Consequences by NOOR, DASK Art Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

  • One Noor in New York, CVZ Contemporary Art, NY, United States 2007

  • Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Holland 2007

  • Les choix d'Henri Cartier Bresson, Paris, France 2003, Barcelona, Spain 2003

Collections

  • Le Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France

  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Gentilly, France

  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France

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