On 3 October 2013, a Libyan fishing vessel carrying over 500 migrants sunk in sight of the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The tragic accident caused the death of 366 migrants, mostly coming from war-torn Eritrea and other troubled African countries.
A year later, Francesco Zizola photographed and filmed the wreck of the boat, which lies on the seabed 50 meters under water, its prow facing Lampedusa’s port. These pictures and video are Francesco’s tribute to the memory of the hundreds of people who lost their lives in pursuit of a better future, not only on that tragic day, but also before and after, on other overcrowded, unseaworthy boats like this one.
Francesco Zizola (Rome, 1962) studied anthropology and took up photography as a profession in 1981 and in 1986 he devoted himself entirely to photojournalism. He has photographed some of the world’s major conflicts and their hidden crises. He is a member and co-founder of NOOR picture agency and foundation. Francesco lives in Rome. His book “Born Somewhere” was the result of a 13-year project; covering the situation of children in 28 different countries around the world.