There are photographs that take on a life of their own in the pages of a magazine, or framed and hung on a white wall, or hanging around on the Internet. They have their own life, they convey their own intentions, the questions that first animated them have set a new life in motion. They are fragments of a conversation, endowed with a voice and an energy that doesn’t expire instantly, but gets stronger and more defined, along with other voices, in the course of conversation with the viewer. Indeed, it’s like when you plant a seed that grows in the viewer, and the viewer completes it. In my work, I present questions and concerns. This is the active, dynamic kind of photography that transforms in the eyes of the viewer. The opportunity to put a system of antibodies into circulation, without any pretense of making the world a better place, but to start a conversation with the world.
— Paolo Pellegrin

Dies Irae (Day of Wrath), is a mid-career collection of the work of Paolo Pellegrin, bringing together images of many of the reports made by this award-winning and influential photographer. The book includes sections on Cambodia (1998), Kosovo (1999-2001), Iraq (2003), Darfur (2004), Palestine/West Bank (2002-2004), Hurricane Katrina (2005), Indonesia Tsunami ( 2005), Gaza (2005), Haiti (1995 -2010), Afghanistan and Lebanon (2006), Iran (2009), and Palestine/Gaza (2009).

This book is beautiful and powerful. It is elegantly designed, with virtually no text except chapter names, and at the end, very brief captions and an excellent, intelligent interview of Pellegrin by Roberto Koch.

Highly recommended. 


Dies irae
Paolo Pellegrin
208 pages
130 color and b/w photographs
Publisher: Contrasto Books
ISBN: 978-88-6965-179-3
Size: 24 x 30 cm

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