I am a photojournalist and writer interested in the social and environmental transformations at the borders of Europe, Middle East and Asia. I explore how people in the world compete over natural resources and what freedom means for human beings, from youth, to utopia-seekers, to migrants on the move looking for a better future.

I am based between Venice, Athens and Istanbul. 

In 2010 I traveled moneyless from Holland to Brazil exploring the frontiers of possibilities and mutualism. I published the story on the book "I Passeggeri della Terra", published by Polaris, 2016.  My second book is a long reportage on the migrant reception projects in Calabria, starting from Riace: "U paese è mondo intero" published by Prospero, 2020.

Italian Journalist Card N. 162571

Contact: zolinphoto@gmail.com

Twitter: @zolinphoto 

Instagram: zolinphoto

Facebook: NicolaZ

My reportages and articles have been published on De Volkskrant, Stern, 6Mois, Politico, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Der Spiegel, Foreign Policy, La Repubblica, NZZ, De Morgen, Le Parisien, Corriere della Sera, El Mundo, Il Reportage, De Standaard, Aftenposten, Internazionale, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neon, La Vie, Caravan Mag, Civilization, La Croix, Left and many others. Check some of these publications on the Tearsheet page.

My projects were nominated for The Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents (2019), Festival della Fotografia Etica (2016, 2018), Lugano PhotoDays (2019), Tokyo Photo Awards (2018) Gomma Grant (2016, 2019), screened at Visa Pour l'Image Perpignan (2017), exhibited at Bassano Fotografia (2013, 2017), Welcome Festival Padova (2019), Institute for Social Studies in the Hague (2017, 2012), The Hague University (2016, 2008), Foto'Kabinet Gallery (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009), Isolab Venezia (2014), Padova Fotografia (2014) and others.

I taught photography and reportage courses and workshop at Mohole school of Storytelling (Milano, 2020), Eurocoop Camini (2020, 2019), Welcome Festival Padova (2019), Isolab (Venice, 2015), Color Café (Bassano del Grappa, 2013), Institute for Social Studies(The Hague, NL, 2011), Platform Spartak (The Hague, 2011).

Education: • MSc in “Comparative International Relations” at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice – First Class Honour (110 e Lode) – with Overseas program in ”Contemporary Chinese studies” at Remnin University of China,Beijing and University of Ottawa Summer Schoo

• BA in “Mass Communication Science” at University of Padua with Erasmus program in “European and International Studies” at The Hague University of Applied Science (NL)

Languages: Proficient in English, French, Spanish and Italian - Intermediate in German, Greek and Portuguese - Basic in Turkish and Persian.

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