"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


Based in Rome, Italy


Available for commissions
& assignments

Paolo Pellegrin is one of the world’s leading photojournalists who has documented many of this generation’s major disasters and conflicts, from revolutions to wars to tsunamis. Pellegrin wishes his work to “create a bridge…to use photography to say something that goes beyond the surface, that vibrates, that resonates.” This approach has lead him to photograph in Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Romania, Afghanistan, Libya, Cuba, the United States, Mali, Egypt, Algeria, Haiti, Tunisia, and Indonesia.

Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture at L’Università la Sapienza, Rome, before studying photography at L’istituto Italiano di Fotografia. Between 1991 and 2001 Pellegrin was represented by Agence VU in Paris. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years.

He has been published in many leading publications including TIME magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, where he has photographed more than ten cover stories with reporter Scott Anderson. 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.

In 2001 he became a Magnum Photos nominee and a full member in 2005.

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Selected works


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

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Arts & Culture

Paolo Pellegrin on Documenting Family

Paolo Pellegrin


War Lingers: Srebrenica 25 years on

Paolo Pellegrin

Theory & Practice

The Paolo Pellegrin Project: Making the Photographer’s Latest Book

Paolo Pellegrin

Theme | 18 Stories

Earth Day

Theme | 23 Stories


Past Exhibition
Hamburg, Germany

Un’antologia: Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin
Until Mar 1, 2020

Theme | 7 Stories

Magnum Creative

Past Exhibition
Bucharest, Romania


Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 31, 2019


They Will Have to Die Now

Paolo Pellegrin

Past Exhibition
Toulon, France

Picture Yourself

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 28, 2019