Past Exhibition

Paolo Pellegrin: Life Stills

Images of the natural world and human nature form the nexus of Paolo Pellegrin's exhibition at Magnum Photos Gallery

Paolo Pellegrin Guns. Tucson, Arizona. USA. 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

To coincide with Paris Photo, a new exhibition entitled “Paolo Pellegrin: Life Stills” will open at Magnum Photos Gallery. The exhibition unites key themes in Pellegrin’s oeuvre, placing the severity of human nature in relation to the epic natural world.

The ground-floor space is mostly dedicated to Pellegrin’s journalistic work. The selection from the series, Guns, Tucson, Arizona (2011) presents impressive black and white classical still lifes of clean, shining objects destined to kill; a unique four meter-long panorama entitled Guantanamo (2011) evokes the immense human tragedy of this prison visited by Pellegrin on several occasions over the span of five years and his work Anti Mubarak Demonstrations, Tahrir Square, Cairo (2011), reveals the insecurity and absurdity of conflict.

On the second-floor of the gallery, a selection from the series, Aerials (2010/11), will be shown for the first time with views of sublime landscapes which can only be revealed to the human eye from far above. A magnificent Glacier (2016) demonstrates the tragical beauty of nature affected by climate change whereas images of Olympic Silhouettes (2008) may symbolize the vain and elusive human ambition for perfection and immortality.


Paolo Pellegrin Glacier, San Rafael, Chile. 2016. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

Curated by Simone Klein.

Exhibition at Magnum Gallery Paris November 7, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Opening on November 6, 2017 at 6pm

19, rue Hégésippe Moreau 75018 Paris

Opening hours :

Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m to 01 p.m and from 02 to 06 p.m Saturday by appointment

Paolo Pellegrin Aerials of Eastern China. March 2010 © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos