Italian photographer Paolo Pellizzari has built a worldwide reputation for his large panoramic format ‘human landscapes’. Born in 1956 he graduated from INSEAD in 1981 and went into business before devoting himself full-time to photography in 1999. Under the tutelage of Mauro Magliani, it was long before he was validating his decision being awarded colour photographer of the year by the French Photography Federation in the same year. He came to further prominence in 2000 with the publication of La France du Tour a spectacular document of the world’s most famous cycle race – following this with another spectacular two-wheel series The Tours of the World in 2002-3 for which he received a nomination for Best Sport Book of the Year. In 2006, he exhibited a selection of works under the name of The World Next Door at the Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi and at the Chateau d’eau in Toulouse. Other publications include Family Shops, a charming study of small shopkeepers throughout the world, and Mein Arbeitsplatz, a series of 120 portraits of workers before the final closure of their factory.
This exhibition of Paolo’s work is taken from a series entitled The Broad Way and features some of the uniquely rich and vibrant panoramic compositions that have made him one of the foremost names in his art.
“Men and women move across the earth like schools of fish in the sea, constantly changing direction at the same time. They watch the same things, are motivated by the same values, fear, the lure of gain, gambling, power, love and beauty. I am one of them but my trade – my luxury – is to be able to stand to one side and observe. My interests are those of us all. I ask myself the same questions; I laugh and cry at the same things. My passion is to illustrate certain aspects of them.”