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Paolo Pellegrin

Most of my work is dedicated to the documentation of war scenarios, or of scenes characterized by high tension. To raise your eyes and take only pictures of branches, turning the sight towards the infinite, is an attempt, maybe cathartic, to seek a moment of peace.
In a way also the photographs from the series Ghost are like this, there are presences captured in moments of transition, “temporary” and evanescent portraits, completely unrelated to any context. It is in both cases of a jump, perhaps not very different from that taken at very high levels, by Don McCullin, when after documenting for decades conflicts and tragedies, he devoted himself to landscape photography, describing the English forests and countryside.
The relationship between these two series, both made in Japan during the same year, is marked by a further gap, by another diversity, evident in the strong opposition of the tonal values: in the images which depict the trees light is in control, in the portraits figures just emerge from the black darkness.
Both the photos from the series Trees and those of the series Ghost belong to the Storm project, in which I touched different themes, moving from fashion, portrait, landscape, thus forcing myself to moments of continuous discontinuity within the same ideal track.
Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome and currently lives in London.
He studied architecture at L’Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy before studying photography at Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, in Rome. In that period he met Enzo Ragazzini, who became his mentor.
After spending ten years in the Agence Vu, 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 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. He lives in London.

He participated to many solo and collective exhibitions including: Dies Irae (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France 2012 / Spazio Forma – Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan, Italy 2011) and Paolo Pellegrin Retrospective (Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munich, Germany 2012).

His books include: Paolo Pellegrin (Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern, Germany 2012); Dies Irae (Contrasto, Italy, 2011); Paolo Pellegrin (Photo Poche Collection, Actes Sud, France, 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).

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Paolo Pellegrin
Ghost #1
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Ghost #2
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Ghost #3
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Ghost #4
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Ghost #5
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Ghost #6
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Ghost #7
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Ghost #8
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Ghost #9
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Polittico Ghost
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trees #1
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cm 108 x 162
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trees #2
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cm 108 x 162
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trees #3
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Curated by Giovanna Calvenzi
17.5 > 2.10.2013