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Paolo Pellegrin

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

Widely considered one of the most talented photographers of his generation, Paolo is often praised for his versatility in depicting a wide variety of subjects. He joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2001, having already won three World Press Photo Awards for his work on HIV/AIDS, for MSF, and the conflict in Kosovo, for the New York Times.

Given his interest in documenting social issues and conflict, he is broadly regarded as a humanist photographer and has spent his time at Magnum living up to this title with his coverage of stories from the Middle-East, the Balkans, Africa, Japan and the US.

Since becoming a full member in 2005, Paolo has won countless more awards for his work on the front line of conflict and disaster but has also built a name for himself for more than his proficiency in these areas, having won awards for his photography in the realms of fashion and celebrity portraiture. Of particular note is his work covering the scenes backstage at New York Fashion Week, for which he won a World Press Photo Award in 2005.