Elisabetta Zavoli



Elisabetta Zavoli is a documentary photographer born in Rimini (Italy) in 1976.

She graduated in Environmental Sciences at University of Bologna in 2001 and began working as a chemist. In 2005, by the influence of photographer Lidia Bagnara, she focused on developing her photographic vision.

Since 2005, she has extensively travelled North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), working exclusively with analogical films. Since 2009, for three years, she has been living in Algiers. Since August 2012, she is based in Jakarta. The main subjects of her photographic research are environmental issues and gender issues.

She has been published on main national and international magazines and newspapers, among which: Financial Times (UK), LensCulture (USA), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The National (Abu Dhabi), Repubblica (IT), Wired (IT), WirtschaftsWoche (Germany). Her works have been exhibited in Jakarta, Algiers, London, Bruxelles, Italy and France.


2012 Identity Masterclass by Enrico Bossan (Padua)

2009-2010 Photojournalism Masterclass by Contrasto Agency (Milan)

2005 Portrait Workshop by Gianni Pinnizzotto (Graffiti School, Rome)

Funded project

A fistful of shrimps

We explore the consequences of the raise of seafood production on mangrove ecosystems and the preservation solutions proposed by local coastal communities in Indonesia.