Rethinking Photography – Workshop with Francesco Zizola

NOOR image in collaboration with Photolux Festival presents a 2-days workshop with Francesco Zizola.

Contemporary photography, in its various forms, from documentary to conceptual, undergoes a radical transformation under the influence of technological advancement and new values of society. Through the experiences and the privileged point of view of the photographer these two days will be an opportunity to discuss the current dynamics that govern the new visual languages and to reflect on some topics: how does photography tell a story today? What are the main changes occurred? And how they can be applied to new  media? Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss with the author a selection of their best works.

Portfolio Reviews
Through the experience of the past and recent work of the teacher, the participants will discuss about the various phases of a photographic project, analyzing specific case studies, identifying new research possibilities and at the same time activating a reflection on what it means today tell stories using photography.


Francesco Zizola (Rome, 1962) 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, a collection that was made into an exhibition and a book, Les Choix d’Henri Cartier-Bresson. Zizola has published seven books, among them, Uno Sguardo Inadeguato (2013), Iraq (2007) and Born Somewhere (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 he has been awarded 2nd prize in the Contemporary Issues category of World Press Photo for the series In the Same Boat. In 2018 was awarded the SIAE Prize for Creative Talent at the Venice Film Festival for the movie As if were tuna, selected for ‘Giornate degli autori’, the autonomous review inside the Festival.