Franco Pagetti is a full member of the New York based photo agency VII. Over the course of his career, Pagetti has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Kashmir, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Sudan , Egypt, Lybia and Syria. He was based in Iraq from January 2003 (three months prior to the invasion of Baghdad) until the end of 2008 as a contributor to TIME Magazine. His images have captured the horrors of war, the brief and fleeting flowering of hope after the collapse of the Hussein regime, the rise of insurgent and terrorist groups and the inexorable descent into a bloody sectarian civil war. Working in conflict zones has afforded him the opportunity to observe people and societies at their most extreme, under tremendous duress and as such has witnessed the incredible heroism as well as abhorrent brutality inherent to war. Many war photographers can capture the blood and sweat of human combat, but it takes a special eye – the eye of an artist – to see into the hearts of those caught in the conflict and give voice to the fragility of human nature.
In addition to TIME Magazine, Pagetti has worked on assignment for Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Stern magazine and VOGUE AMERICA. His work regularly appears in Le Figaro, Paris Match, The Times of London, The Independent, Foreign Policy and the monthly photojournalism magazine Days Japan. He studied Chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Milano and has lectured at Università degli Studi di Milano ‐ Bicocca in the department of Sociopolitical geography, At the Journalism Department of New York University and at Tufts University of Cambridge (USA) Narrative & Documentary Practice, at the Institute for Global Leadership. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues in USA and Europe