Michaël Zumstein

Michaël
Zumstein
Photographer
Bio: 

Michaël Zumstein, French-Swiss photographer was born in 1970. He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Photographie de Vevey (Switzerland). Whether working on commission for the French or International press or on his personal projects, Michael Zumstein’s photographic work follows an heritage of photojournalism and objective observation, which allows him to honestly render situations and to go beyond stereotypes. While following the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ivory Coast, and Sudan, he chooses to focus his photography on the « ambiguous relations between Africa and the West ». Along with his work on the African continent, Michaël Zumstein covers French political and social news. For nearly two year, he has covered a series of stories on the Cité des Courtilières in Pantin, one of Paris’ hottest suburbs. Witnessing the tensions between the youth and the police, he was of the first to cover the violent demonstrations of 2005 in Paris’ suburbs of Villiers-le-Bel or Clichy-sous-Bois. Besides his photography, Michaël Zumstein also runs photographic workshops in Africa for the World Press Photo.