Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture at L’Università la Sapienza, before studying photography. 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 the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award.
In 2006 he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
In thirty years of work, he has been focused on issues connected to the human condition, from wars to the effects of global climate change, trying to be a witness to our times.
He lives in London.
His books include La fragile meraviglia, (Skira, Italy, 2022), Des Oiseaux (Editions EXB, France, 2021), Alps – Aosta Valley (Forte di Bard editore. Italy, 2019); Paolo Pellegrin, curated by Germano Celant (Silvana Editoriale, Italy, 2018), Terre Spezzate (Contrasto, Italy, 2016); 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, UK, 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), Bambini (Sinnos, Italy, 1997).
Portrait (c) Christopher Anderson / Magnum Photos