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Paolo Pellegrin
Italian, b. 1964
Featured Essays
Mar 3, 2017
Feature - Inside Meaux PrisonPaolo PellegrinAs of January 1st 2017, 78,796 people are in penal custody in France, of which 68,432 are serving prison terms. These figures represent an increase of 2.6% detainees since January 2016 (66,678). Prisons are currently overcrowded as the facilities are only designed to house 58,681 inmates.*
These figures are among the worst in Europe, frequently being noted... More...
Featured Essays
Dec 15, 2016
After the recapture of Qayyara by US backed Iraqi military forces last summer, ISIS fighters have been setting oil fields ablaze leaving a vast toxic cloud over Mosul and surrounding towns.
Engineers estimate that 5,000 barrels of oil are burning every day in an attempt by ISIS fighters to defend Mosul from advancing Iraqi forces by obscuring the view from the sky for Coalition warplanes.
As a result... More...
Featured Essays
Dec 15, 2016
In October 2016, the operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State commenced with a joint effort of Kurdish Peshmergas and Iraqi forces, backed by an international coalition giving air support and advice on the ground. One by one, the villages and small towns on the eastern road to Mosul had to be freed. The massive presence of civilians trying to escape IS controlled areas, raising white flags, made... More...
Featured Essays
Sep 21, 2016
For the last 14 years Paolo Pellegrin has documented the turbulent and historic times that scarred many nations of the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, through the so called 'Arab Spring' to the present day battles and rise of ISIS. This portfolio concentrates on the conflicts, the power struggles, and the devastation that befell the people of Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iraqi... More...
Magnum News
Apr 26, 2016
Paolo Pellegrin was awarded the Immersive Storytelling prize from World Press Photo with Desperate Crossings, a story he did last summer with writer Scott Anderson for New York Times Magazine.
In late July 2015 Paolo Pellegrin boarded an MSF (Doctors Without Borders) ship, the Bourbon Argos, tasked with intercepting migrant-packed vessels originating from Libya bound for Europe.
Eritrean migrants were... More...