B. 1991, Madrid, Spain.
Currently based in Madrid

cesar.dezfuli@gmail.com    
+34 630 242 906
@Dezfuli

Cesar Dezfuli was born in 1991 in Madrid, in a context of cultural mixture given his Spanish- Persian origins. Self-taught in photography and having learned his trade as a journalist in various newsrooms, he now works as a freelance photojournalist, focusing on humanitarian crisis and international affairs, with special attention in migration routes.

His work has been published in international media such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung or Aljazeera, and recognized with several awards as the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (UK), POY (USA) or Head On Photo Awards (Austalia), among others. It has also been part of individual and collective exhibitions worldwide, as in the National Portrait Gallery (UK), the Museum of Sydney (Australia), or Visa Pour L´Image (France).



EDUCATION
2017-2018. Northern Lights Masterclass. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2017. Hostile Environment Training. Rory Peck Trust. Columbia Journalism School. NY, USA.
2015-2016. Postgraduated in Photojournalism. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Spain.
2014-2015. MUNDE Program. Social Communication. UADE. BsAs, Argentina.
2012-2013. ERASMUS Program. Journalism and Social Communication. Poznan, Poland.
2009. Double Degree in Journalism and Visual Communication. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Madrid, Spain.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020. ‘Passengers’. Labum. Comune di Mottola, Italy
2019. ‘Passengers’. EPeKa Cultural Center. Maribor, Slovenia.  
2019. ‘Passengers’. Verzasca Foto Festival. Sonogno, Switzerland.
2019. ‘Passengers’. Cine-K. Oldenburg, Germany
2018. ‘Passengers’. Tonalestate Festival. Vermiglio (Trento), Italy.
2018. ‘Passengers’. Teatro Petruzzelli  TEDXBari.   Bari, Italy.
2018. ‘Passengers’. Bus Terminus. Guernsey Photography Festival. Guernsey.
2018. ‘Passengers’. Festival Vedetta sul Mediterraneo. Palazzo Fizzarotti. Giovinazzo, Italy.
2018. ‘Passengers’. Reclaim Photography Festival, Light House M. C.. West Midlands, UK.
2018. ‘Passengers’. OBERÜBER KARGER Kommunikationsagentur. Dresden, Germany.
2017. ‘Passengers’. PHEST Festa Internazionale della Fotografia. Monopoly, Italy.
2017. ‘Passengers’. Naval port of Bari, outdoor exhibition. Bari, Italy.
2017. ‘Passengers’. Cardiff International Festival of Photography. Cardiff, UK.
2017. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Comune di Vercelli. Vercelli, Italy.
2017. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Palazzo Ferrero. Biella, Italy.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019. ‘Passengers’ at SET Gallery. Bird and Flight Awards. Kiev, Ukraine.
2019. ‘Passengers’ at Case Art Fund Gallery stand in Expo Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2019. ‘Passengers’. Selected Visa d’Or Arthus Bertrand. Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.
2019. ‘Passengers’ and ‘Banjul to Biella’ exhibited as part of "Or Does It Explode?”. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Grand Rapids, MI, USA.
2019. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Luis Valtueña Awards. Archivo Histórico Provincial de Albacete. Spain.
2019. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Luis Valtueña Awards. Centro Joaquín Roncal. Zaragoza, Spain.
2019. ‘Passengers’ at Case Art Fund Gallery stand in AIPAD Photo Show. New York, USA.
2019. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Luis Valtueña Awards. Caixa Forum. Madrid, Spain.
2018. ‘Passengers’ at Addis Foto Fest. Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
2018.  PHES – Fotografía Española Solidaria. Centro Universitario de Artes TAI. Madrid, Spain.
2018.  Head On Photo exhibition at Pingyao International Photography Festival. China.
2018. ‘Passengers’ exhibited at Lens Culture Digital Gallery in Photo London Fair. London, UK.
2018. ‘Passengers’ at Photo IS:RAEL. Tel Aviv, Israel.
2018.  Lens Culture Exposure Awards at Voies Off Arles. Arles, France.
2018. ‘Passengers’. Ffotogallery 4040 Celebrations. Cardiff, UK.
2018.  Hellerau Portrait Awards. European Center for the Arts. Dresden, Germany.
2018. ‘Passengers’. ASISA Awards exhibition. Teatros del Canal. Madrid, Spain.
2018. ‘Kosovo: 51st State’. National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo, BiH.
2017.  Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition. National Portrait Gallery. London, UK.
2017.  Head On Portrait Prize exhibition. Museum of Sydney. Australia.
2017.  The Independent Photographer Annual Exhibition. Berlin, Germany.
2017. ‘Banjul to Biella’. Paraty em Foco. Paraty, Brazil.
2016. ‘Se Alquila Estado’. Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar. Asunción, Paraguay.
2016. ‘Balcanes, 20 años de Srebrenica’. Aleatorio Cultural. Madrid, Spain.
2015. ‘Balcanes, 20 años de Srebrenica’. C.C. Gabriel Celaya, Madrid, Spain.
2014. ‘Jungla Urbana’. Jungla Hábitat Cultural. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014. ‘Se Alquila Estado’. Espacio Panal 361. Buenos Aires, Argentina.


AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2019. Special Mention of the Jury. Visa d’or Franceinfo: Award for the Best Digital News Story. Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.
2019. Nominated Visa d’or de la Presse Quotidienne. Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.
2019. Selected ‘Portrait of Humanity’ Award. British Journal of Photography. UK.
2019. Finalist Bird and Flight Awards. Ukraine
2019. First finalist Premio Luis Valtueña de Fotografía Humanitaria. Spain.
2018. Nominated 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Academy.
2018. First Prize Lens Culture Exposure Awards.
2018. Third Prize Pictures of the Year International (POY) Awards. Portrait Category.
2018. Selected Prix ANI-PixPalace at Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.
2018. Second Prize Hellerau Portrait Awards. Dresden, Germany.
2018. Finalist Photon Festival Grant. Valencia, Spain.
2018. Finalist Signo Editores Awards. Madrid, Spain.
2018. Finalist Balkan Photo Festival. Sarajevo, Bosnia I Herzegovina.
2017. First Prize Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. London, UK.
2017. First Prize Head On Photo Festival Portrait Awards. Sydney, Australia
2017. First Prize Pictures of the Year Latin America - Nuestra Mirada (POY LATAM).
2017. Nominated 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Academy.
2017. Dart Center Rory Peck Trust Grant for Hostile Environment Training. Columbia Journalism School. New York, USA.
2017. Chromatic Photographer of the Year 2017.
2017. Third Prize Moscow Photo Awards. Conflict category. Moscow, Russia.
2017. Finalist British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards 2017.
2017. Selected Paraty em Foco Photography Festival. Brazil.
2017. Selected Indian Photo Festival. Delhi, India.
2017. Selected Prix ANI-PixPalace at Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.
2017. 2nd Prize Portrait. IPOTY - International Photographer of the Year Awards.
2017. Finalist ASISA Photography contest. Spain
2017. Finalist. The Independent Photographer Awards. UK.
2017. Finalist Kaunas Photo Festival. Kaunas, Lithuania.
2017. Finalist Roberto Villagraz Scholarship, EFTI Photography School. Madrid, Spain.
2017. Honourable Mention in Photojournalism (2). Monochrome Photography Awards.
2016. Finalist Photo Contest “Día de la Discapacidad Leganes”. Madrid, Spain.
2016. Selected Descubrimientos Photo España, Festival Internacional PhotoEspaña.
2015. Selected Prix ANI-PixPalace at Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France.


PROJECTIONS
2019. ‘Passengers’ multimedia- Refugee Week Rome. 'Oltre la Frontera'. Rome, Italy.
2018. 'Banjul to Biella' multimedia. Basque Dok Festival. Bilbao, Spain.
2018. 'Banjul to Biella' multimedia. Photon Festival. Valencia, Spain.
2017. ‘Banjul to Biella’ and ‘Passengers’. Docfield Photography Festival. Barcelona, Spain. 


BOOKS
2019. ‘Portrait of Humanity: 200 Photographs That Celebrate Global Unity’, edited by Magnum Photos and 1854 media. Published by Hoxton Mini Press.
2017. ‘Chiedo Permesso. Volti, voci, storie e silenzi dai Centri di Accoglienza del Biellese’, Eleonora Spina. Illustrated with the project ‘Banjul to Biella’. E20 Progetti Editore. Italy.


LECTURES AND TALKS
2019. ‘El poder y el peligro de la imagen en la cobertura de las migraciones’. Instituto Nacional para las Migraciones. Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
2019. ‘El poder y el peligro de la imagen en la cobertura de las migraciones’. Centro Cultural Perelló. Bani. Dominican Republic.
2019. ‘El poder y el peligro de la imagen en la cobertura de las migraciones’. Instituto Nacional para las Migraciones. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
2019. Miércoles de foto: Con-vivir migrantes y no migrantes. Caixa Forum, Madrid.
2018. ‘El poder y el peligro de la imagen en la cobertura de las migraciones’. I Congreso Internacional de Periodismo de Migraciones. Mérida, España.
2018. ‘Poniendo rostro a los números del Mediterráneo’. Docfield Festival. Palau Robert. Barcelona, España.
2018. ‘Passengers, the project’. Tonalestate Festival.
2018. ‘Passengers, the project’. Guernsey Photography Festival. Guernsey.
2018. Workshop (4h) at the Postgraduate of Photojournalism of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
2017. “Trato de la migración en los medios de comunicación” – CEU University. Madrid, Spain.
2017. “Reppresentazione mediatica della crisi migratoria” with Annalisa Camilli. PHEST Festa Internazionale della Fotografia. Monopoly, Italy.
2017. Workshop (4h) at the Postgraduate of Photojournalism of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


COLLECTIONS
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. USA.
ASISA Foundation.
Private collections in Spain, France, Netherlands and UK.
Work represented by CASE Art Fund Gallery. Illinois, USA.  


PUBLICATIONS AND CLIENTS
Le Monde · Time Magazine · The Guardian · Al Jazeera · Associated Press · De Groene Amsterdammer · BBC · Le Figaro · SIPA Press · Deutsche Welle · Gazeta Wyborcza · De Volkskrant · Süddeutsche Zeitung · HBL Hufvudstadsbladet · Revista 5W · Roads and Kingdoms · Esquire · Dagbladet Information · Fluter Magazine · ARA ·  El País · El Mundo · TVE · La Sexta · Cadena SER · La Vanguardia · El Periódico de Catalunya · 20Minutos

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