Francesco Zizola

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Francesco Zizola (Rome, 1962) has photographed the main crises and conflicts that have occurred in the world for over thirty years.  A strong ethical commitment and a personal style 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 favorites. This collection was turned into an exhibition - Les Choix d'Henry Cartier Bresson- and a book. Among other volumes he has published, "Mare Omnis", Foto-Forum editions 2022," Aguanta", Ediuni editions 2022, "Sale Sudore Sangue",Postcart 2020, "Uno sguardo inadeguato" Fiaf 2013, "Iraq" Ega 2007 and "Born Somewhere" Delpire 2004.
In 2015 Francesco Zizola began a new artistic project, Hybris, which explores with a deliberately non-documentary language the relationship between man and nature. In addition to photography, he has extended his narrative experimentation using the moving image by making a short film that won the 2018 SIAE award for "creative talent" as part of the Venice Biennale, Film Festival.
 Francesco is artistic director of the World Press Photo exhibition in Rome and Ferrara since 2016 and curator of the project Collezione Roma 2020-21-22 for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome Palazzo delle Esposizioni .
In 2007 Francesco founded together with ten other colleagues the agency Noor Images, now also Noor Foundation.
Since 2008 he is Nikon Ambassador in Europe. With the NOOR Foundation  he is concerned with the encouragement and support of young  photographers around the world and particularly in areas where access to photography education is scarce. We facilitate educational initiatives – workshops, masterclasses, seminars, lectures, mentorship, school visits and other educational activities – in close collaboration with educational institutions, sponsor partners and NOOR’s professional photographers, all experienced teachers and lecturers. Through our ongoing partnership with Nikon we have offered Masterclasses around the world since 2009. To realize our projects we seek the collaboration of NGOs and foundations, and the financial support of grants, subsidies and sponsor partnerships.
Since 2009 NOOR and Nikon have partnered on education programs encouraging and supporting young photographic talent around the world. We have built strong collaborations with an international network of young photographers, photography professionals, cultural organizations, journalism and educational institutions. NOOR-Nikon educational programs have successfully trained more than400 students from more than 80 different countries and counting.
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 witnessing the tragedy of landmines 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 Fotografia.Doc Award, SalinaDocFest, "As if we were tuna", 2018
Picture of the Year, Recognition for the Enviromental 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, United States 2006
Hansel-Mieth Prize 2005, Germany 2006
Pictures of the Year International, United States 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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, University of Rome, 1994.
Mare Omnis, Foto-Forum editions 2022
Aguanta, Ediuni editions 2022
Salt Sweat Blood, Postcart Publishing House, 2020
Luna, notes for dreamers, Quaderni FIAF 2020
100% Made of Italy, Edizioni Silvana Editoriale, 2017
Women of Cocoa, Edizioni Silvana Editoriale, 2016 
Uno Sguardo Inadeguato, FIAF Collana Grandi Autori, Italy 2013
Iraq, Gruppo Abele Italy 2007
Né Quelque Part, Delpire Editeurs France / Born Somewhere, Fusi orari Italy 2004
Etats d'enfances, Photo Poche France 1999
Ruas, Gruppo Abele Editions Italy 1994
Solo Exhibitions
Mare Omnis , Galleria del Cembalo, Roma,Italia 2022
Mare Omnis, Foto-Forum gallery, Bolzano, Italy 2022
Salt Sweat and Blood, Hotel de Sauroy, Paris, France 2022
Mare Omnis,X gallery Sharjha Dubai,United Arab Emirates 2022
Inadequate Glance, Klarisky Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia 2019
Mare Omnis, Church of San Giuliano, Ferrara, Italy, 2018
Der Wall, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2018
Salt Sweat and Blood, EXMA', Cagliari, Italy 2017
Le donne del Cacao, Triennale di Milano, Italy 2017
Solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography in Palermo, Italy2016
A Noor Journal of the Changing Planet , Fotografia Europea , Reggio Emilia , Italy 2015
Hybris, Castello di Corigliano Calabro, Corigliano, Italy 2014
Born Somewhere, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Turin , Italy 2013
Uno Sguardo Inadequato, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d'Autore, Bibbiena, Italy 2013
An Inadequate Look, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Italy 2013
South Sudan on the Eve of Independence, 10x8 Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013
Shadows, MART - Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy 2010
Francesco Zizola, Sao Paolo Brazil 2010
Onda Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2010
Modos de Olhar , Arte Plural Galeria, Recife, Brazil 2010
Born Somewhere, Hatachana Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 2009
Consequences, Dask gallery, Copenhagen , Denmark 2009
Worlds at the Limit, Francesco Zizola for MSF, Festival of Internazionale, Ferrara, Italy 2009
Voices from the Heart, Enel Cuore Onlus, Rimini, Italy 2008
Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Holland 2007
Born Somewhere, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Italy 2006
The hundred faces of children, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2006
Obiettivo Uomo Ambiente featuring Born Somewhere, Viterbo, Italy 2005
To Live, Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia 2005
Shadows, Scuola Romana di Fotografia, Rome Italy 2004
Heirs of 2000, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany 2000
Etats d'enfances, Galerie Fait & Cause ,Paris, France 1998
Gallery FNAC, Paris, France 1998
Heirs of 2000/Unicef, Arengario of Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy 1997
Heirs of 2000/Unicef, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy 1997
Visa pour l'image, Perpignan, France 1995
Group Exhibitions
Civilisation: the way we live now. Musei san Domenico, Forlì, Italia 2022-23
Noor Pulse, Museum of Photography in Charleroy, Belgium 2022
Civilisation: the way we live now. Musée des Civilisations 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 4rosso, Paris, 2019
2:56am / To The Moon And B . Photolux festival in Lucca,Italy 2019
Civilisation : the way we live now. National Museum of Modern and contemporary art, Seoul, Korea 2019
Photo London Art Fair,Ilex Gallery,UK 2018
Like a Samba, Ilex Gallery, Rome, Italy 2017
The dark side of the (honey) moon, group exhibition, Ragusa Foto festival, Ragusa, 2017
Photo London Art Fair,Ilex Gallery, London 2017
Extraordinary Visions. Italy looks at us, Museo Arti del XXI secolo, MAXXI, Rome, 2016
Abandonments, group exhibition Palazzo Cosentini, Ragusa, Italy, 2015
The Sweet and Sour Story, Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Netherlands , 2013
Vivid Festival , Sydney, Australia, 2013
The Sweet and Sour Story, Instituto Moreira Salles , Sao Paulo, Brazil 2013
The Sweet and Sour StoryLanggeng Art Fundation, Jakarta, Indonesia 2012
The Sweet and Sour Story, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Netherlands 2012
Solutions by NOOR, 10b Photography Art Gallery, Rome, Italy 2011
Consequences by NOOR, 10b Photography Art Gallery, Rome, Italy 2011
Consequences by NOOR, Laif Photogalery, Koln , Germany 2010
Witnesses of Our Time, Rome, Italy 2010
Witnesses of Our Time, Scavi Scaligeri Art Museum, Verona, Italy 2010
Consequences by NOOR, DASK Art Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009
Consequences by NOOR, COP15, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009
One Noor in New York, CVZ Contemporary Art, NY, United States 2007
Les choix d'Henri Cartier Bresson, Paris, France 2003, Barcelona, Spain 2003
Istitutional Collections 
Le Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, Francia
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Gentilly, Francia
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Francia
Collezione Farnesina, Rome, Italy
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
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