"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 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

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

Newsroom

Photographing Australia’s Black Summer

Paolo Pellegrin

Arts & Culture

Paolo Pellegrin on Documenting Family

Paolo Pellegrin

Newsroom

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

Premieres

Past Exhibition
Hamburg, Germany

Un’antologia: Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin
Until Mar 1, 2020

Theme | 7 Stories

Magnum Creative

Past Exhibition
Bucharest, Romania

Romanias

Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 31, 2019

Newsroom

They Will Have to Die Now

Paolo Pellegrin

Past Exhibition
Toulon, France

Picture Yourself

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 28, 2019

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

From Here

Magnum Photographers
Until May 31, 2019

Newsroom

Light, Abstraction and AI: Photographing Modern Industry

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Paolo Pellegrin “Antarctica” in London

Paolo Pellegrin
Until May 31, 2019

Theme | 19 Stories

2018 at Magnum Photos

Theme | 22 Stories

2018-19 Premieres

Arts & Culture

Paolo Pellegrin: Un’antologia

Paolo Pellegrin

Past Exhibition
Rome, Italy

Paolo Pellegrin “An Anthology”

Paolo Pellegrin
Until Mar 10, 2019

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, 2018 · Free
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