About

sambirthFor the past two decades, Tim Zielenbach has been photographing fleeting moments, preserving them for others to experience.

Tim first picked up a camera when a back injury interrupted his plans for becoming the next Jack Nicklaus.  He started working at his local newspaper while in high school, and studied journalism and psychology at Indiana University.

His path to international photojournalism began in 1992 with a position with the Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest newspaper. During that same year, he was a contract photographer for the New York Times’ Johannesburg bureau.  After concluding his studies, Tim joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune.

Tim moved back to Johannesburg in 1998 and covered breaking news and feature stories across the continent. Major bodies of work include political unrest in South Africa and Zimbabwe, famine and civil war in Sudan, Niger River development in Mali, and the effects of violent crime in Johannesburg.  Tim’s photographs from Somalia and Zaire were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes in Feature Photography, and the World Press Photo Foundation honored his work from Sudan, South Africa and Jordan.

Tim fell in love with Alison in Cape Town, and the two married in 2000, and returned to the United States in 2001.  After living in Texas for a few years, Alison and Tim moved to Savannah in 2004.  At that time, Tim changed his focus to documenting family histories, working with couples and families celebrating throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Tim and Alison’s lives changed when Josh arrived in 2005, with Sam following in 2008. They are simply the two sweetest boys you will ever see.  Really.