Franco Pagetti

The awarded Photographer Franco Pagetti, member of VII photo agency has covered the conflict in Iraq since January 2003, three months before the start of the war. Since 2003, he has constantly been based in Baghdad on assignment for TIME Magazine. His images have captured the horrors of war, the brief flowering of hope after the downfall of Saddam Hussein, the rise of insurgent and terrorist groups, and more recently, the inexorable descent into a bloody sectarian civil war. Pagetti has been a news photographer since 1997, and most of his work has involved conflict situations: Afghanistan (1998, 2001, 2099 and 2010), Kosovo (1999), East Timor (1999), Kashmir (1998, 2000 and 2001), Palestine (2002), Sierrra Leone (2001) and South Sudan (1997), Lebanon (2002) Somalia (2010), Democratic Republic of Congo (2010). And most recently Egypt, Libya (2011), Syria (2013) and Sierra Leone again in 2018. He works on long term projects around war, conflict and social issues and most recently portraits people of our society. Conflict situations attract Pagetti because they afford the opportunity to observe people and societies in extremis – under tremendous duress. This brings out the best and worst in people, and Pagetti’s lens has captured both incredible heroism as well as grisly brutality in war zones on three continents. Regardless of the geographic setting, Pagetti says, war and its aftermath seem to affect vastly different societies in almost exactly the same way. Many war photographers can capture the blood and sweat of human combat, but it takes a special eye – the eye of an artist – to peer into the minds of those caught up in the conflict. His non-conflict news photography has included assignments in India, the Vatican City, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and his native Italy. In addition to TIME Magazine, he has worked on assignment for Newsweek, The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker , Vanity Fair US and Italian Vanity Fair, Stern and ZEIT Magazine. He is a regular portraits contributor of VOGUE USA . He regularly contributes for leading publications all over the world, and his projects have been presented as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide He is engaged with educational activities, regularly lecturing at universities. In 2012 Franco film for MSF was nominated for an Emmy Award together with other VII photographers. A Documetary regarding his work in Iraq, Shooting War, was screened in April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and his Advertiisng D&G campaign has been recognized as one of the most innovative in fashion photography. Pagetti lives between Milan and New York.

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