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Alberto Venzago

Alberto Venzago was born in 1950 in Zurich. As a photo-journalist, he has shot magazine stories about everything from wars in Northern Cambodia and Beirut to the stripped rainforests of Borneo. He has published several books dealing with such subjects as the revolution in Cambodia, child prostitution in the Phillippines and organized crime in Japan. Venzago spent years with the Magnum Agency and is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Robert Capa ICP Award. His pictures have appeared in magazines such as Life, Time, National Geographic, Stern, The Independent Magazine, Geo and the Sunday Times Magazine. As a film maker, Venzago has won several national and international awards, including the New York Film Festival Award in gold for the anti-racism campaign of the Swiss Confederation, as well as the New York Film Festival Award in silver for his Tibet campaign. In the film Mounted by the Gods (2003) and also in the photo book of the same name he has found adequate aesthetics and tells the story in expressive Black and White. The book won the German photo book prize in 2004. He has done camera work for different directors (incl. Wim Wenders). Alberto Venzago was honored i.a. with the New York Film Festival Award in Gold 1998, the New York Film Festival Award in Silver 1997 and the Robert Capa ICP Award. He lives in Zurich.


  • Mounted by the Gods
    90´, Germany, 2003
  • My Brother, the Conductor/ Main Bruder, Der Dirigent
    64´, Switzerland, 2007 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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