Bruno Zanzottera

Bruno Zanzottera

Born in Monza in 1957. Fascinated by Celtic culture, at the age of 17 he begins the first of many trips to the U.K. and Ireland from which, later, his first reportages will be published: Dublin seen through the stories of James Joyce and the Vikings of the Shetland Isles. At the end of 1979 he makes his first trip to Africa, leaving from France on an old Peugeot 404 which will take him across the Sahara down to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean in the countries overlooking the Gulf of Guinea. It was love at first sight. From then on, Africa and its peoples will be always in his life and in his reportages. Today he contributes to geographical and travel magazines such as Geo France and Geo Germany, National Geographic Italy, Focus, Oggi, Gente, La Vie.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Fighting measles in the forest
Vaccination without borders

During March 2017 some central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been hit by a measles outbreak, that added to the endemic situation of undernourishment and malaria to cause several deaths in a very short time.
Médecins sans Frontières (MsF, aka Doctors without Borders) is suppor
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Nigeria
Fighting modern slavery
The courage of freedom between Italy and Nigeria

While thousands of refugees continue to arrive on the Italian shores, there is people who try to bring them back home. It is the association "Slaves no More", which carries out a project of assisted repatriations, especially on Nigerian women victims of human trafficking and forced to work on the It
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Northern Ireland
Independence Day
Brexit upsetting Ireland's politics

Recent Northern Ireland's elections are painting a new political scenario in the whole island. That was a true breaking news: for the first time in Northern Ireland the republican party Sinn Féin is now only one seat fewer than DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) but, with its allies, Sinn Féin has one
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India
The long road to school
Education in Zanskar has a solid base, stamina and some firm feet

Zanskar is a remote valley in Northern India, wedged between Ladakh and Kashmir, and hosts the namesake river, a tributary of the Indus. During winter, the numerous villages of the valley would be completely isolated from the rest of the world but since the river freezes, people can use it as a icy
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Benin
When family traditions go bad
'Vidomegon' girls and Salesian Sisters in one of the biggest market of Western Africa

The Dantokpa market, in Cotonou, is the pulsing heart of Benin's economical capital. It's the right place for commercial and cultural exchanges, often flagged by travel guides as must-see. This huge market is also a major centre of a tragic business: the trafficking of underage persons, especially g
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Zimbabwe
When artists meet Zimbabwe
Carrying performing arts, and a smile, in the heart of Africa

Eric Bouvron is a South African artist, but French of adoption. He had several theather experiences in Africa and in the rest of the world, and lived with many different populations. With his brother Marc, he gathered a small group of versatile artists, whose range goes from dancing to juggling to
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Africa
The glass beads game
The story of the Venetians glass beads and their trade to Africa

The 'glass beads game' tells the story of the Venetians glass beads and their trade to Africa, where they are still used by many tribes with different purposes.

In 1352 the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta, left his native Tangiers and set out to the Kingdom of Mali. In his descriptions of
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Benin
Twins are forever
Life, death, monkeys and beans in the syncretic cult of African twins

In one specific area in Africa between Nigeria and Benin, especially among Fon, Ewe and Yoruba population, there is the highest natural twin birthrate in the world. In other African areas, a mother who birthed two twins was accused to have had intercourses with spirits and then killed with her babie
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Europe
Via Francigena
From Rome to Jerusalem along the ancient pilgrim paths

'A journey of a thousand miles always begins with a single step'.

The act of reaching a far destination on foot shows the will to test oneself strength investing some of your energy and time to get deeper into a man's soul. The time spent walking may really change your life. The Italian Mi
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Algeria
20 years after the slaughter
Tibhirine Monastery. A revenant hope

The night between 26th and 27th March 1996, seven Trappist monks belonging to the Notre Dame de l'Atlas monastery in Tibhirine, Algeria, were kidnapped by terrorists. Their heads were found two months later near the town of Medea. Twenty years later, despite the investigations, thousands of articles
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Italy
'Migrants, come over here!'
An invite from Riace

Domenico Lucano, Mayor of the small village of Riace in Calabria, Southern Italy, has just been ranked among the 50 most influential leaders in the world by the American magazine Fortune. His name is listed next to people like Angela Merkel and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Riace itself is already kno
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Turkey
Single party rule
Erdogan's election gamble pays off

Only five months has gone past since last elections in which Erdogan's party failed for the first time to obtain the parliamentary majority. The HDP infact (Halklar?n Demokratik Partisi - People's Democratic Party), the Kurdish inspired party - was able to brake the 10% electoral threshold entering
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Zimbabwe
A sad future for elephants?
Poaching and overpopulation. An impossible dilemma

Just few months after the scandal about Cecil, the lion killed in Zimbabwe by an American dentist under controversial circumstances - who shook the world last summer - it is today's again breaking news the shocking picture of a German hunter who spent 60,000 Euros to kill one of the biggest elephant
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Turkey
Post election surprising results
Gezi Park movement brings into the Parliament the turkish "Podemos"

Just 2 years after the rebellion of Gezi Park in Istanbul, the movement, which seemed to have dissolved in the air in few weeks, finds back its strenght and political reference converging into the HDP (the Democratic Party) which, coming out of his Kurdish ethnic component, has managed to involve mo
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Turkey
Don't Kill Hasankeyf
Will water flood everything?

Despite the withdrawal of some European banks who were financing the project and the declaration of illegality made by the Administrative Court of Ankara for the lack of any environmental impact assessment, Ilisu Dam's construction site, in Turkish Kurdistan, is still going on.

The area i
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Africa
Masks never die
Why African people must celebrate Carnival all year round

Secret societies, in Africa, represent the traditional society, a kind of parallel authority. They reveal themselves through the masks appearance: every mask has its own meaning, and its appearance brings a clear message to the community members.

"Masks talk. And listen to men and to their
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Africa
Of sand and ocean
On the road to Black Africa. The only way from Maghreb to Guinea

Recent years' political turmoils made the Sahara region mostly off limits for any Western person aiming to travel from Maghreb to the heart of Africa on a land route. The only viable itinerary today starts from Morocco and pass through Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea Bissau.

It’s a long j
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Italy
AbandoNation
Italian ghost villages are our country's best kept secret

After the Second World War, the Italian territory begun to be sistematically abandoned. The need of a job, politics and infrastructures favouring urban settlements and natural causes produced a progressive, definitive abandon of many villages. The Italian Revenue Agency recently conducted a research
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Israel
New families album
Gay and lesbian parents in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's 2014 Gay Pride theme was in the news, and still is: the new families, children with two fathers or two mothers. A study of the American Psychological Association says there is no scientific evidence that parents' sexual orientation can influence or decide the ability of being good fathers
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Guinea Bissau
Saudade Bissau

When during Fifteenth century the Portuguese fleet begun to sail the Atlantic ocean, Guinea coasts were among the first territories to be explored, and in 1446 Portugal declared them as its own possession. The real colonisation started a lot later, and it was the result of endless conflicts - mostly
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Italy
Isola: the Island of Milan
The place to be

"L'Isola" (the island) is a former popular and working class district built at the end of the ninetenth century around Porta Nuova, close to the center of Milan. In recent years the district has undergone many changes becoming the new "place to be" while waiting for the Expo 2015. But unlike what ha
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Japan
Hakone, Rising Sun's hot side
How Japanese people relax in their best onsen

Onsen is the Japanese word for hot spring, and indicates also the bathing facilities around the spring itself. Onsen have been frequented and loved for centuries and, due to its volcanic origin, there are lot of them evrywhere in the country. Japanese people are used to enter naked into the onsen,
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Israel
Beach life

Tel Aviv is worldwide known as the city that never sleep, the place where there is always at least a club open, 24 hours a day. One of the local favourite leisure activities, anyway - enjoyed by tourists, too - is to crowd the 5 kilometers of beaches extending along an endless line of big hotels in
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India
Moms for rent
Humiliating practice for women or a way to fight decreasing fertility?

Some months ago, more than 2,300 experts from all over the world signed an International Declaration for pushing the institutions of all Countries to forbid the civil registration by non-biological parents of children born through surrogacy. Subsequently, the European Parliament passed a resolution
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Japan
Tokyo, crazy for jazz
Discovering the roots of Japanese jazz. And yes, they're deep

It may sound strange to many, but Tokyo's jazz scene is one of the most vibrant on the planet. Japan met jazz music in the '20s of last century, while the U.S.A. were occupying Philippines. From there, jazz entered the Japanese society and today there are more jazz clubs in Tokyo than in New York Ci
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Niger/Benin
The Healing Faiths-The portraits

Fiorenzo is a friar and a surgeon. He has been living in Africa for forty years, more precisely in Tanguieta, in the northern savanna of Benin. Here he founded and now manages the Saint Jean de Dieu Hospital, which has become a point of reference for the local population, poor and left to its own de
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Italy
I'm Italian, eventually.

Cristian is a young boy who is born from a Colombian mother and an Italian father who didn't acknowledge him. When he turned 18 he was entitled, under the Italian law, to become an Italian citizen. But there was a problem: Cristian is suffering from Down syndrome and this handicap (for this reason h
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Niger/Benin
The Healing Faiths-The journey

Fiorenzo is a friar and a surgeon. He has been living in Africa for forty years, more precisely in Tanguieta, in the northern savanna of Benin. Here he founded and now manages the Saint Jean de Dieu Hospital, which has become a point of reference for the local population, poor and left to its own de
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Germany
The Wall's voices 25 years after

For many years, Berlin was the nucleus of the Cold War between the West and the Communist world. The Wall, which divided the city from 1961 to 1989, became the symbol of the drama suffered by the German population after Nazism and the tragedy of the Second World War. The year 2014 marks the 25th ann
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Ghana
Breeding ground for champions

In the last few years Accra has become a very large African metropolis thanks to Ghana's rapid economical growth. But its historic core, known as James Town, where British and Dutch built their forts for slave trade, has kept the characteristics of a large village. A city within the city, made of sh
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Guinea Bissau
A latin carnival in Africa

Guinea Bissau is among Africa's poorest countries with a particularly dramatic history. A former Portuguese colony, it became independent in 1973 after years of armed conflict. Portugal recognized the new country only one year later when the Carnation Revolution overthrew Salazar's military regime.
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Turkey
Mother, am I a Barbarian?

This sentence from a poem by Lale Muldur was the title of the latest art biennial that started in Istanbul in September, 2013. A theme that wanted to bring art out of the galleries and talk to people, to the 'excluded' from the new economic relations between rich and poor and from the wild capitalis
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Egypt
The never ending revolution

Among the thousands of young people who are protesting in the Egyptian squares today, demanding for a radical change to the Egyptian regime, there are also many artists. Just like the others, they are fed up with a political system which has been systematically erasing people's freedom. These artist
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The Netherlands
The wonderful world of Lize
March 21 is the World Down Syndrome Day
It is an international event seized by a UN resolution with the aim to spread more awareness about this syndrome. Today with the prenatal screening some nations have declared that they will soon be Down free. "It's immoral to give birth to a son with Down syndrome" are the shocking words of the Brit
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Italy
Gibellina artists

Gibellina Nuova was created in contrada Salinella, Salemi, 20 km from the old town of Gibellina, destroyed by the Belice earthquake in January 1968. Senator Ludovico Corrao, former mayor of Gibellina, asked several artists to install works of art in the town. Alberto Burri, Pietro Consagra, Mimmo Pa
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Rwanda
Twenty years after the genocide

In spring 1994 one million people were slain with machetes in one of the worst mass murders in human history. Today Rwanda, a country dotted with cemeteries and mass graves, is struggling to leave behind the specters of war and poverty. Its economy is growing fast. The country is betting on technol
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Egypt
Christian Copts
Who are those Egyptians Copts beheaded by the Isis in Libia?

Saint Mark introduced Christianism in Egypt during the Ist century A.D when Nero reigned over the Roman Empire. Shenouda III - Alexandria's patriarch and 117th pope of the Christian Coptic church - has been the spiritual guide of the community since 1971. The Christian Coptic hold on to their religi
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Kenya
Lake Turkana

El Molo are a small tribe of fishermen who live along the shores of Lake Turkana. The population is so small that it can be captured in one single photograph as a Sunday Times reporter did in 1959. Since then, El Molo has grown in number thanks to many mixed marriages which saved the tribe from exti
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Peru
America's biggest pilgrimage

The Ocongate district of Cusco, Peru, is home of the Senor Qoyllur Riti ritual, a religious festival held annually, during the first week of June, in honor of the Senor Qoyllur Riti (a Quechua word for "Star of the snow" or "shining snow"). This is one of the most complex festivals in the world, bot
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Italy
The Nicolas. Art savers

The Nicolas are an ancient, renowned family of restorers. They've been active in the field, working on paintings, frescoes and statues, for over 50 years now. In their laboratory in Aramengo some of the most important Italian and international masterpieces have been brought back to life: from Tizian
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Kenya
Escape to Mount Kenya

January 1943: three Italian war prisoners led by Felice Benuzzi from Trieste flee from the prison camp 354 of Nanyuki, on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Their aim is to climb the mysterious mountain that stands out beyond the barbed wire, that has become a mere object of desire, a symbol of freedom for
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Italy
Baranzate multiethnics

A tiny, yet vibrating, melting pot in a small centre about 8 km northwest of Milan. Dozens of families, at least 70 different nationalities, live together peacefully in Baranzate, a commune of 11.000 inhabitants with the highest concentration - 26,5% costantly rising - of immigrants in Italy. This l
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hopping Into Tito's Bunker

It was October 1962 and the Cuban missile crisis was about to drag Europe into the nightmare of a global nuclear warfare. Although the Russians decided to dismantle all their atomic weaponry, the Cold War kept going on until the fall of the Communist regimes at the end of the 1980s and all the gover
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Ethiopia
Where democracy is born

The Borana, known as the "morning people", are the largest tribe of the Oromo people and they live in the Great Rift Valley on the eastern banks of the Omo river, between Ethiopia and Kenya. The Borana, nomadic zebu breeders who live in mud huts made of animal dung, are known for their particularly
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Italy
The island of memory

An ancient Paleolithic site, the island of Favignana hosted many people over the centuries. In 1874 the island was bought by the Florio family who reinforced here the so-called tonnara, an Arab tuna-fishing tecnique. The mattanza (the result of the tonnara) and the use of caves of calcarenites - a
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Italy
Mr. President, I'm Italian too

G2 (Generation 2) is the common definition used to identify boys and girls born in Italy from foreign parents, who, according to the Italian government, can't be Italian citizens until they turn 18. The issue is becoming of great interest and involves artists like Amir, a young rapper born in Italy
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Western Sahara
Lost Saharawi
A dying nation

Mohammed Abdelaziz, President of the SADR - Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic -, died on May 31 2016, after a long sickness. He devoted his full life to the struggle for the freedom of his people, who mostly are still living in 4 refugee camps in Southern Algeria. We have met him some time ago during
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Egypt
Revolutionary Art
How artists stand up for freedom
Among the thousands of young people who crowded the Egyptian squares during the revolution in 2011 - demanding a radical change to the Egyptian regime - there were also many artists. Just like the other demonstrators, they were fed up with a political system which has been systematically erasing peo
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Bruno Zanzottera
International photojournalism