César Dezfuli

César Dezfuli was selected for the 2023 Shortlist with The long road to a home in Europe.

César 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 crises and international affairs. His assignments and personal projects have taken him to document different realities worldwide, covering the election in Kenya, Rwanda or Kosovo, attending the twentieth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, or to China, where he documented families which have flouted the country’s one -child policy. Since 2015, his focus is on the migrant crisis at the borders of Europe, with a special attention on the Central Mediterranean migratory route. His work has been published in international media such as Le Monde, The Guardian or Time Magazine, and recognized with several awards as the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (UK). 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).