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Biography

Paolo Pellegrin is an internationally renowned photojournalist. He was born in 1964 in Rome and studies architecture in Roma and then photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia.

He begins between 1987 and 1990 his first works in Italy: the main issues a imremigration, circus and homelessness. In the Nineties he works on several projects about people and especially children in war zones, such as in the Balcany, and he travels in countries with HIV/AIDS emergency, as Kenya and Uganda. In 1995 he wins his first World Press Photo award for this work and the year after he is awarded with the Kodak Young Photographer Award and Visa d'Or at Visa Pour l'Image.

It is the turning point of his photographic career. From now, he will won different international awards, among which also ten World Press Photo 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.

During years, Paolo Pellegrin covers also significant events, such as the funeral of Yasser Arafat, John Paul II, the Indonesian tsunami, and the consequences of wars on civilians in Bosnia and Middle East.

His books include 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, 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).