Franco Pagetti is based in Italy and has been a news photographer since 1994. The majority of his work has focused on war and areas of conflict including those in Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Kashmir, Palestine, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. Pagetti began covering the conflict in Iraq in January 2003, three months before the start of the war. Afterward he was predominantly based in Baghdad, regularly on assignment for Time Magazine. In addition to Time Magazine, he has worked for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Stern. His work has been published in Le Figaro, Paris Match, The Times of London, and The Independent.
In 2016 he shot the Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall Winter 2016-2017 advertising campaign “Naples is…”, closing a seemingly unsurpassable gap between war and fashion photography. The choice of photographer made by D&G marked a tectonic shift in ways fashion photography sees itself today but also demonstrated that documentary photography can reinvent itself, adapting to the most unusual contexts. The true-to-life, documentary aspects of the campaign documented the buoyant streets of Naples stood out as significantly different from the typically sleek fashion shoots found in magazines.