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. 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 which India has to offer I’ve created a unique series of travel photography tours which are popular with photography and culture 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 Indian life from an insider’s perspective. I get a lot of satisfaction from encouraging visitors to see India and her people in a deeper and more authentic way, and to help them go home with great photographs to prove it.  My travel photographs are available for sale as prints.

I am a Getty's Images Contributing Photographer.  In 2015 I photographed the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake on behalf of SOS Children’s Villages International. In 2019 I documented the work of Rotary International in India. 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