Salt, Sweat, Blood is part of a long-term project that the artist has been working on for the past few years concerning the relationship between man and nature. Among the selection of works presented here, water, or rather the sea, constitutes the main subject of the images.
For millennia, human beings have confronted the sea and have drawn nourishment from it. People have been able to do this while respecting the rules of nature, and this has guaranteed, up until a century ago, a protein-rich resource to the communities that depend on the sea for their survival.
Today, with the industrialisation of fishing, we are losing precious knowledge about what made ancient forms of fishing sustainable. In this way, awareness of the delicate balance required to make life at sea possible is being lost forever. These poetic images seek to present a tribute to those who still approach nature with respect and sacredness.
Francesco Zizola is an Italian photojournalist and a founding member of NOOR photo agency. Born in 1962, since the 1980’s he 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. In 2008 he founded 10b Photography (Rome, Italy), a multipurpose centre for digital photography promoting photography culture through exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
In 2003 Henri Cartier Bresson included one of Francesco’s pictures among his 100 favourites. This collection was made into an exhibition – Les Choix d’Henri Cartier Bresson – and a book.
Zizola has received dozens of awards over the years, including ten awards in World Press Photo contests and six Picture of the Year International awards(POYi).
Francesco has published ten books, among which the recent Sale Sudore Sangue (Postcard edizioni 2020), Luna, appunti per sognatori (Quaderni FIAF 2020), Uno Sguardo Inadeguato (Collana Grandi Autori, FIAF, 2013), Iraq (Ega 2007) and Born Somewhere (Delpire/Fusi Orari, 2004), an extensive work on the living conditions of children from 27 different countries.
As curator and art director Zizola has organised several cultural events and contest. In 2019 he curated “Collezione Roma” for the municipality of Rome inviting Sarah Moon, Nadav Kander, Martin Kollar, Max Pinkers, Olivia Arthur, Antonio Biasiucci e Alex Majoli to be part of the project that will be exhibit in 2021.
In 2018 his experimental movie “As If We Were Tuna” was screened and awarded at Venice Film Festival. In 2014 Francesco was a jury member of the World Press Photo Contest. Francesco lives in Rome, Italy.