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Hi, I’m Francisco,

Born and raised in a small community in the beautiful African landscape of Zimbabwe, it was easy for me to engage with photography and people from an early age. From the age of eleven, armed with my Dad's Minolta camera, I explored my community, making local friends, and capturing photographs of my Shona tribal neighbours. It was this humanitarian grounding in photography that gave me my life-long passion for capturing people and their stories on film. In the intervening years, displaced from my Zimbabwean home, I have actively travelled through and lived in many developing countries in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and South East Asia.

Preferring to traverse through remote villages and travel off the beaten track, I continue to witness the daily hardships faced by people from all cultures, geographies and religions. My passion is to document their stories on film and in words. 

Since 2014 I’ve been living permanently in exotic Goa, in a small village on the west coast of India. To help others uncover the diverse and enriching photography opportunities Goa has to offer I’ve created a unique series of travel photography walking tours which are popular with photography enthusiasts from all over the world. These in-depth tours are designed to teach practical travel photography and camera skills while showing the highlights of local Goan life from an insider’s perspective in places travellers might not venture to by themselves. I get a lot of satisfaction from encouraging visitors to see Goa and her people in a deeper way than the usual tourist experience and to help them go home with great photographs to prove it.  I also conduct exciting 16 day North India and 16 day South India tours.

My travel photographs are available for sale as prints and you can also purchase beautiful postcards and magnets directly from my website.

I am a Getty's Images Contributing Photographer. My work has been shortlisted in the Digital Photographer of the Year competition in 2009, selected for Global Giving 2012 photography shortlist competition and was the grand prize winner of the 2014 ‘Monsoon Moments’ competition in Goa.

I actively work with and support Non Government Organisations in Indonesia, India (Jodhpur and Goa) and in my homeland of Zimbabwe.

I use the following camera equipment:

Canon 5D MKIV
Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
Canon 28-300mm f.5.6 lens
Canon 85mm f1.2 lens
Canon 16mm-35mm f2.8 lens

You can contact me on info@francisco-desouza.com