Cyril
Zannettacci

Cyril Zannettacci

biography


French photographer, born in 1973, Cyril Zannettacci is based in Paris.

After studying at the school of the French Society of Photography, Cyril Zannettacci began as an assistant: he acquired solid experience in studio techniques and collaborated with world-renowned photographers. After ten years of working for prestigious international magazines, he developed his own photographic style which questions the contemporary world and its changes: the traces of its history, the persistence of its memory, the relationship of the individual to society and his environment, both in his actions and in his representations.

In 2011, he fulfills a young photographer’s dream and carries out his first commission for the daily newspaper Libération, with whom he will collaborate on a regular basis from 2015. With a sensitive eye for political, social or cultural news, without being locked into a single stylistic repertoire, he develops an intense activity of commissioned portraits and reports for the French press (Télérama, L’Obs, Society, etc.) as well as the international press (New-York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, CNN, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, etc.)..

The deep attention he pays to the reality of situations in the field, his great ability to adapt and the sensitivity of his author’s eye also allow him to put his photographic work at the service of institutions and NGOs, including Medecins du Monde in 2017, for whom he documents the psychological suffering of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, or more recently, in 2021, Action Against Hunger, which he accompanies to Kenya in order to bear witness to the consequences of climate disruption on an environment where conditions are already extreme.

Regularly published in the press, his work has been exhibited on the Place de l’Hotel de Ville in Paris during the first PhotoClimat Biennial and screened at festivals and cultural events (Printemps photographique de Pomerol, Nuit Blanche, etc.). Winner of the 2022 Caritas Photo Sociale Prize, his work will be exhibited at the Chateau d’Eau in Toulouse at the end of 2022 and will give rise to the publication of his first monograph by Filigranes.

Series


A five-year term of social movements, 2017-2022

Série | A look back at a five-year term of social movements. During Emmanuel Macron's five-year term, Cyril Zannettacci followed the various social movements for the newspaper Libération.

Kenya, climate change, 2021

series | Cyril Zannettacci went to Kenya, in the Isiolo region, to witness the consequences of climate change in an already extreme environment. Locust invasions, drought, as well as floods have recently increased in the country.

CHAPSA, 2021

Série | The hospital of the street. It is in the heart of a care unit for the homeless that the photographer Cyril Zannettacci witnesses in 2021, the outbreak of the Covid19 epidemic. Located in Nanterre, at the gates of Paris, the Centre d'Hébergement et d'Assistance aux Personnes Sans-Abri (CHAPSA), a unique place in France, welcomes and accompanies homeless people in a care process.

120mm, 2020

Series | For several weeks, when he wasn't working as a reporter, or photographing with a medium format camera the streets of Paris emptied of its inhabitants, Cyril Zannettacci constrained himself to confinement by reducing his gaze to the aim of a 120mm lens.

Empty Paris, 2020

Series | It took several additional days after the speech of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, but the containment measures necessary to fight the Covid-19 outbreak were finally imposed in France and in Paris.

Extinction Rebellion: Rebel Week in Paris, 2019

Series | In Paris and other major cities around the world, a week of civil disobedience actions was organized by Extinction Rebellion, as part of the "October International Rebellion".

The Yellow Vests Movement, 2019

Series | Born on the social networks and on the country's roundabouts, the Yellow Vests movement makes its demands heard every weekend in Paris and other French cities.

Makeshift Camp, 2018

Series | Not without pain, I was able to cross over the fortifications, the iron belt, that kept me apart from wealth. And I have became skilled in the way of building short-lived resorts. I would give as an example these works scattered along the way of my pilgrimage.

With the Refugees in France: from Calais to Pau, 2017

Series | More than 4,000 of them have been sent to various shelter sites across France. We boarded one of the buses with Libération journalist Stéphanie Maurice for a long trip to Gelos, in the suburbs of Pau.

A five-year term of social movements, 2017-2022

Série | A look back at a five-year term of social movements. During Emmanuel Macron's five-year term, Cyril Zannettacci followed the various social movements for the newspaper Libération.

Kenya, climate change, 2021

series | Cyril Zannettacci went to Kenya, in the Isiolo region, to witness the consequences of climate change in an already extreme environment. Locust invasions, drought, as well as floods have recently increased in the country.

CHAPSA, 2021

Série | The hospital of the street. It is in the heart of a care unit for the homeless that the photographer Cyril Zannettacci witnesses in 2021, the outbreak of the Covid19 epidemic. Located in Nanterre, at the gates of Paris, the Centre d'Hébergement et d'Assistance aux Personnes Sans-Abri (CHAPSA), a unique place in France, welcomes and accompanies homeless people in a care process.

120mm, 2020

Series | For several weeks, when he wasn't working as a reporter, or photographing with a medium format camera the streets of Paris emptied of its inhabitants, Cyril Zannettacci constrained himself to confinement by reducing his gaze to the aim of a 120mm lens.

Empty Paris, 2020

Series | It took several additional days after the speech of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, but the containment measures necessary to fight the Covid-19 outbreak were finally imposed in France and in Paris.

Extinction Rebellion: Rebel Week in Paris, 2019

Series | In Paris and other major cities around the world, a week of civil disobedience actions was organized by Extinction Rebellion, as part of the "October International Rebellion".

The Yellow Vests Movement, 2019

Series | Born on the social networks and on the country's roundabouts, the Yellow Vests movement makes its demands heard every weekend in Paris and other French cities.

Makeshift Camp, 2018

Series | Not without pain, I was able to cross over the fortifications, the iron belt, that kept me apart from wealth. And I have became skilled in the way of building short-lived resorts. I would give as an example these works scattered along the way of my pilgrimage.

With the Refugees in France: from Calais to Pau, 2017

Series | More than 4,000 of them have been sent to various shelter sites across France. We boarded one of the buses with Libération journalist Stéphanie Maurice for a long trip to Gelos, in the suburbs of Pau.

A five-year term of social movements, 2017-2022

Série | A look back at a five-year term of social movements. During Emmanuel Macron's five-year term, Cyril Zannettacci followed the various social movements for the newspaper Libération.

Kenya, climate change, 2021

series | Cyril Zannettacci went to Kenya, in the Isiolo region, to witness the consequences of climate change in an already extreme environment. Locust invasions, drought, as well as floods have recently increased in the country.

CHAPSA, 2021

Série | The hospital of the street. It is in the heart of a care unit for the homeless that the photographer Cyril Zannettacci witnesses in 2021, the outbreak of the Covid19 epidemic. Located in Nanterre, at the gates of Paris, the Centre d'Hébergement et d'Assistance aux Personnes Sans-Abri (CHAPSA), a unique place in France, welcomes and accompanies homeless people in a care process.

120mm, 2020

Series | For several weeks, when he wasn't working as a reporter, or photographing with a medium format camera the streets of Paris emptied of its inhabitants, Cyril Zannettacci constrained himself to confinement by reducing his gaze to the aim of a 120mm lens.

Empty Paris, 2020

Series | It took several additional days after the speech of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, but the containment measures necessary to fight the Covid-19 outbreak were finally imposed in France and in Paris.

Extinction Rebellion: Rebel Week in Paris, 2019

Series | In Paris and other major cities around the world, a week of civil disobedience actions was organized by Extinction Rebellion, as part of the "October International Rebellion".

The Yellow Vests Movement, 2019

Series | Born on the social networks and on the country's roundabouts, the Yellow Vests movement makes its demands heard every weekend in Paris and other French cities.

Makeshift Camp, 2018

Series | Not without pain, I was able to cross over the fortifications, the iron belt, that kept me apart from wealth. And I have became skilled in the way of building short-lived resorts. I would give as an example these works scattered along the way of my pilgrimage.

With the Refugees in France: from Calais to Pau, 2017

Series | More than 4,000 of them have been sent to various shelter sites across France. We boarded one of the buses with Libération journalist Stéphanie Maurice for a long trip to Gelos, in the suburbs of Pau.

Interviews


Caritas Prize Winner
Polka Magazine

Interview by Pablo Patarin, 2022

Winner of the Caritas 2022 prize for his work in a homeless shelter during Covid, Cyril Zannettacci is a photojournalist who turns his gaze to the growing precariousness in France. Having worked as a studio photographer, he now works for the press, both on police repression and the psychological suffering of Palestinians in the occupied territories. For Polka, he looks back on his career and on the reportage that earned him the prize for social photography.

Awards


Caritas Social Photo Award

For his series The Hospital of the Street

2022