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Black World

  • Prize
    Gold in Book (Series Only)/Documentary, Bronze in Book (Series Only)/People
  • Photographer
    Erberto Zani (1978) is a photographer and journalist based in Italy. Freelance since 2008, his works of social documentary photographer include reportage from many difficult areas of the world: illegal gold mining in Colombia, war for minerals in North Kivu (D.R.Congo), earthquake's effect in Haiti, landmines in Cambodia, water crises in Burkina Faso, Somali refugee in Nepal, daily life inside the favelas of Medellin, miners of coal in Jharkhand and Hindu festival of Maha Kumbh Mela in India, Syrian refugee in Lebanon.
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"Black World" is a self published book about illegal mineral
extraction in Colombia, D.R.Congo and India. Focuses on different
realities, follows a tryptych concept: three countries, three illegally
extracted minerals (gold, coltan, coal), and three causes that lead
to criminality. It's a Black World that millions of people are forced
to work in, made of mines, dust and fear. Characterized by
oppression, violence and trampled human rights: where the
presence of enormous deposits of minerals transform into a curse
for the people through the illegality caused by games of power
and corrupt economies.

Erberto Zani (Italy, 1978) is a documentary photographer, journalist and photo books designer, based between Parma (Italy) and Basel (Switzerland). Since 1998 he worked as photographer in advertisement sector. Freelance since 2008, most of his works are focused on documentary-humanitarian themes. He cooperates with companies, magazines and No Profit Organizations, for photographs and editorial projects.

Awards 2018
Monochrome Photography Awards: 2nd place category "Abstract"
Chromatic Photography Awards: 1st Place "Street" category with Leathers drying.
IPA - International Photography Awards: 2nd place, category "Event / Social cause" for Rohingya's exodus.
Monochrome Photography Awards: 1st and 2nd place, category "Photojournalism"
IPA - International Photography Awards: 2nd place, category Book Documentary for "Black World"
PX3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris: Gold medal in Professional Book Documentary and Bronze medal in Professional Book People