Michaël Zumstein is born in 1970. Trained at the School of Photography in Vevey (Switzerland), member of the Oeil Public agency for 10 years, he joins Agence VU’ in 2010.
He shares his time between taking on orders for the French press (Le Monde, Elle Magazine,Télérama) as well as foreign press (Newsweek, Wall Street Journal), on top of his personal projects.
His work follows the lines of investigative photojournalism.
All the while following conflicts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ivory coast and even Sudan, , Michaël Zumstein puts “the ambiguous relationship between Africa and the West” under the focus his lens.
Under the guise of their “Dignity” campaign, Amnesty International (France) offers him the task of producing an investigation on the lodging problems in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2010: “This House is not for sale.”
Le Monde newspaper gives him the 2007 coverage of the presidential election and he has continued, since then, to follow current social and political events for different newspapers who rely on him to produce reportages where the use of where sensibility and rigor are indispensable.
After getting his work on the post-Ivorian election crisis in 2011 noticed internationally, he receives a grant – Aide à la Production du CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques) to pursue his project “Bons Amis” on Ivory Coast’s reconciliation.
In parallel to his work, Michaël hosts photography workshops in Africa, for World Press Photo. In 2011, he is chosen among 10 leading figures in the world of photography to participate in the Training of the Trainers (ToT) program. This workshop, organized by World Press Photo, allow him to perfect his teaching technique.
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