Paolo Pellegrin, Guns. Tucson, Arizona. USA. 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Paolo Pellegrin, Guns. Tucson, Arizona. USA. 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos 

Paolo Pellegrin: Life Stills

06/11/2017 - 27/01/2018

Magnum Photos Gallery 
18 rue Hégésippe Moreau 
 
75018 Paris

www.magnumphotos.com   

 
To coincide with Paris Photo, a new exhibition entitled “Paolo Pellegrin: Life Stills” will open at Magnum Photos Gallery. The exhibition unites key themes in Pellegrin’s oeuvre, placing the severity of human nature in relation to the epic natural world.

The ground-floor space is mostly dedicated to Pellegrin’s journalistic work. The selection from the series, ‘Guns, Tucson, Arizona’ (2011) presents impressive black and white classical still lifes of clean, shining objects destined to kill; a unique four meter-long panorama entitled ‘Guantanamo’ (2011) evokes the immense human tragedy of this prison visited by Pellegrin on several occasions over the span of five years and his work ‘Anti Mubarak Demonstrations, Tahrir Square, Cairo’ (2011), reveals the insecurity and absurdity of conflict.

On the second-floor of the gallery, a selection from the series, ‘Aerials’ (2010/11), will be shown for the first time with views of sublime landscapes which can only be revealed to the human eye from far above. A magnificent ‘Glacier’ (2016) demonstrates the tragical beauty of nature affected by climate change whereas images of ‘Olympic Silhouettes’ (2008) may symbolize the vain and elusive human ambition for perfection and immortality.