Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. Between 1991 and 2001 he was represented by Agence VU in Paris and in 2005 he became a full member of Magnum. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years. Pellegrin has won numerous awards, including ten World Press Photo awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, the Hansel-Meith Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006, he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
In August 2016 the New York Times Magazine published a remarkable ad-free issue, printed entirely in black and white and devoted to a single story - the last ten years in the Middle East. The issue featured a 40,000-word narrative by world renowned writer and journalist Scott Anderson and 20 photographs from Pellegrin. The feature analyzes the Middle East from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. The narrative is anchored in portraits of six individuals of different ages, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities. From a female activist in Egypt to a Syrian refugee in Germany, these individuals illustrate the human dimension of the collapse of regimes and the rise of terror and uncertainty across the region and the globe.