Paolo Pellegrin: Event Horizon

The exhibition “Event Horizon” was showcased at Le Stanze della Fotografia from August 30, 2023, to January 7, 2024. This exhibition revealed the struggles of the modern world and the impacts of climate change through the lens of Paolo Pellegrin, one of Italy’s foremost contemporary photographers. Pellegrin, born in Rome in 1964, had earned acclaim for the humanity embedded in his gaze, a quality that rendered his works exceptional and granted him the liberty to transcend surface impressions.
Featuring over 300 images, including an exclusive report on Ukraine, the exhibition spanned from 1995 to 2023, documenting Pellegrin’s extensive fieldwork. From Gaza to Beirut, Rome to Japan, America to the climate changes in Namibia, Iceland, and Greenland, and concluding with the conflict in Ukraine, these visuals reflected the photographer’s global journey over the past year. They eloquently portrayed the vulnerability and resilience of humanity as it engaged intimately with nature’s grandeur, aiming to unravel a pivotal theme in the contemporary world: the intricate relationship between humanity and its natural environment.
Annalisa D’Angelo and Denis Curti curated the exhibition in collaboration with Magnum Photos.

A portrait of Paolo Pellegrin by Matteo De Fina

About the Author

Paolo Pellegrin, born in Rome in 1964, initially pursued studies in architecture at Università La Sapienza before venturing into photography at Istituto Italiano di Fotografia. His affiliation with Agence VU in Paris lasted from 1991 to 2001, after which he became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2001, achieving full membership in 2005. Notably, Pellegrin served as a contract photographer for Newsweek for a decade.
Accumulating numerous accolades, Pellegrin is the recipient of ten World Press Photo Awards, various POY Awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Mieth-Preis, the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006, he was honored with the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
Throughout his three-decade-long career, Pellegrin has focused on issues related to the human condition, covering everything from wars to the impacts of global climate change, aiming to be a witness to contemporary times. Among his notable books are “La Fragile Meraviglia” (edited by Walter Guadagnini, Skira, Italy, 2022), “Des Oiseaux” (Édition Xavier Barral, France, 2021), “Alps – Aosta Valley” (with Pietro Giglio, Forte di Bard, Italy, 2019), “Paolo Pellegrin” (edited by Germano Celant, Silvana Editoriale, Italy, 2018), “Terre Spezzate” (with Scott Anderson, Contrasto, Italy, 2016), “100 Photos of Paolo Pellegrin for Press Freedom” (Reporters without Borders, France, 2013), and more.


Cover picture: Civilians arrive in Tyre after fleeing from their villages in southern Lebanon during the Israeli air raids. Tyre, Lebanon 2006 © Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos


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Angelina playing at her grandmother Sevla’s home. Rome, Italy 2015 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
Detainees walk through Camp 4 of the Guantánamo detention center. Guantánamo, Cuba 2006 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
Emma runs through a field in front of the farmhouse. Châ teau d’Oex, Switzerland 2020 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
Helicopter used by U.S. and Afghan drug interdiction troops. Afghanistan 2006 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
The funerals of two members of the Azov brigade are held in the courtyard of Kharkiv regional hospital. Kharkiv, Ukraine 2022 ©Paolo Pellegrin /Magnum Photos
Mother of a child killed during the Israel Defense Forces’ incursion into Jenin. West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory 2002 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
People fleeing Libya during clashes between rebel and pro- Qaddafi forces. Border crossing at Ras Jdir, near Ben Guerdane. Ras Jdir, Tunisia 2011 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
People in the park celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Tehran, Iran 2009 ©Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos
People kneel on the side of the road as the funeral procession of a fallen soldier passes by. Kulychkiv, Ukraine 2023 ©Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos
Ukrainian refugees cross the border on foot into Medyka, the busiest pedestrian crossing on the Poland-Ukrainian border. From there they are bused to reception centers, where they wait to learn their fates. Medyka, Poland 2022 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
Peshmerga mourn the death of one of their comrades, killed by an ISIS sniper. Mosul, Iraq 2016 ©Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos
Exhaustion and long hours of waiting in the scorching heat cause refugees to collapse and faint on the island of Lesbos. Greece 2015 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
A man arrested by the police after attacking his father. Rochester, USA 2012 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos
A family. Rochester, USA 2013 ©Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos

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