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"I'm more interested in a photography that is 'unfinished' - a photography that is suggestive and can trigger a conversation or dialogue. There are pictures that are closed, finished, to which there is no way in"

- Paolo Pellegrin

b. 1964

Italian

Based in Rome, Italy

Member

Available for commissions
& assignments

Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture at L’Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy before studying photography at L’istituto Italiano di Fotografia, in Rome.

Between 1991 and 2001 Pellegrin was represented by Agence VU in Paris. In 2001 he became a Magnum Photos nominee and a full member in 2005. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years.

Pellegrin is a winner of many awards, including ten World Press Photo awards and numerous Photographer of the Year awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Meith Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006, he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. He lives in London.

His books include: 100 Photos of Paolo Pellegrin for Press Freedom (Reporters Sans Frontières, France, 2013); Paolo Pellegrin (Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern 2012); Dies Irae (Contrasto, Italy, 2011); Photo Poche (Actes Sud, France, 2010); As I Was Dying (Actes Sud, France, 2007); Double Blind (Trolley, 2007); Kosovo 1999-2000: The Flight of Reason (Trolley, USA, 2002); L’au delà est là (Le Point du Jour, France, 2001); Cambogia (Federico Motta Editore, Italy, 1998) and Bambini (Sinnos, Italy, 1997).

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Selected works

Conflict

Double Blind

Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin's 'Double Blind' is testimony to the destruction and lasting consequences of conflict between Hezbollah and the Israeli Army in Lebanon

Open story

From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Arts & Culture

Packed Lunches, Fly Fishing, and Cherry Pickers: Magnum Photographers Document an Epic Construction Project

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

The Macallan Masters of Photography in London

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 31 · Free

Past Artist Talk
Zurich, Switzerland

Paolo Pellegrin Artist Talk in Zurich

Paolo Pellegrin
Aug 30

Arts & Culture

Sevla

Paolo Pellegrin

Past Exhibition
Orléans, France

New Orleans in Orléans

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 16

Newsroom

The Deceptive Beauty of the Changing Antarctic

Paolo Pellegrin

Theory & Practice

Photography Insiders: On Commercial Work

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

Embedding in Iraq

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Madrid, Spain

Players. Magnum Photographers Come Out to Play

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 16 · Free

Newsroom

Looking Back at the Iraq War, 15 Years On

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 18, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Current Exhibition
Stavelot, Belgium

Magnum Contact Sheets in Belgium

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 2

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: What Not to Miss This Week

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

The Big Picture: 2017 in Review

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Sirmione, Italy

Magnum’s Italy & Paolo Pellegrin’s Sirmione

Paolo Pellegrin
Until Mar 7

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Paolo Pellegrin: Life Stills

Until Jan 27

Past Exhibition
São Paulo - SP, Brazil

Group Exhibition: Retratos, Dialogos da Identidade (Picture Yourself)

Until Dec 27, 2017

Newsroom

Surviving Boko Haram

Paolo Pellegrin

Theme | 13 Stories

The War in Iraq