L'oeil public


September, october 2015 Assignment I'll be on assignment for UNICEF (France) in Niger from september 18th. Hope to be in Ivory Coast in october...


June 2015 Publication Assignment in Bamako for the New York Times. The Downloaders. The African Itunes !


April, may, june 2015 Assignments, Masterclass Many assignments for Le Point, Le Monde (Greenland !), New York Times Magazine, UNICEF. Nice time delivering a Masterclass during "Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Ghar el Melh". Tunisia


December 2014 Awards I'm the winner of the 2014 Visual Story Telling award for my work in CAR !!!!


November 2014 Publication In a mined Area ? Beautiful publication By l'Express about diamonds in Central African Republic.


July 2014 Exhibition My work in Central African Republic will be shown at the next Visa pour l'Image Festival in Perpignan (september 2014). Very proud !


April 2014 Award Very happy to be one of the winners among my swiss colleagues, of The Swiss Press Photo, for the first part of my work in Central African Republic.


April 2014 Publication Very nice publication in the new and brillant swiss magazine SEPT


March 2014 Assignment Romeo & Juliette in Rwanda. Assignment for Elle Magazine (France). Text by Caroline Laurent


February 2014 Awards Very happy to be part of the winners of the 2014 Pictures Of the Year, award of Excellence and third place at the Fujairah International Photojournalism Competition (FIPCOM).


December 2013 -> February 2014 Publication in Le Monde Still on assignment in Central African Republic for Le Monde


December 2013 to february 2014 Publication in Le Monde Still on assignment in CAR for Le Monde and many magazines.



Photographs extract from assignments or personal projects


September 2013 Publication in Le Monde & L'Express On assignment in Central African Republic for french magazines



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...



Strangling democracy

SENEGAL 2012 Senegal has designated its new president in the person of Macky Sall, whose candidature against Wade was supported by the opposition coalition. Even though Macky Sall used to be Prime Minister of Abdoulaye Wade, he represented for many the only possible alternative to...


Two presidents

IVORY COAST 2011 After four months of a political crisis, the confrontation between the internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara and the outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo almost led the Côte d'Ivoire and Abidjan to civil war. On April, 11th 2011, the fallen president...



Michaël Zumstein has been a photojournalist for nearly 15 years. More accustomed to the African landscape than classrooms or bleachers, Michaël has decided to share his professional experience. Workshops, conferences, collaborations, he keeps in touch with his photography students, learned amateurs or even the general public.


Life on the line

DR CONGO 2006 A month-long, 1 400 km journey by railroad to the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaïre) from Kindu in the central province of Maniema to Lubumbashi in the southern province of Katanga. We sleep on the train, we live on it, we start on it, we fight on it,...


Humanitarian eldorado

KENYA 2007 Lokichokio is an artificial town, emerging from a no man’s land located in northern Kenya near the Sudanese border. 15 years ago, in this remote “Far East” a UN camp was temporarily set up. To give aid to the Southern Sudanese war-wounded, more than 80 NGOs...


From Zaïre to Congo

DR CONGO 1996-2003 The former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko never ceased to say, « Before me comes chaos, after comes the flood. » In 1997, after 35 years of power, the dictator was overthrown by a rebellion supported by neighboring Rwanda. But the signs of civil war were already...


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