Franco Pagetti (1950) starts his career as fashion and advertising photographer. From the Eighties, he collaborates with Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Amica and he works for international brands.
Pagetti has been a news photographer since 1997, and most of his work has involved conflict situations: Afghanistan, Kosovo, East-Timor, Kashmir, Palestine, Sierrra Leone, South Sudan, Lebanon, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Libya and Syria.
He works on long term projects around war, conflict and social issues and most recently portraits people of our society.
Pagetti began to cover Iraq, for TIME Magazine, in January 2003, months before the outbreak of hostilities. He was among the handful of photojournalists who remained in Baghdad when the war began.
In 2007 he became Member of VII PhotoAgency.
His work as a photojournalist brings him to contributes for leading publications all over the world, and his projects have been presented as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide
He is a regular portraits contributor of VOGUE USA.
Due to the particular feature of Pagetti’s style, his Dolce&Gabbana 2016 campaign is recognized as one of the most innovation fashion campaigns.
In 2012 a story for MSF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was nominated for an Emmy Award.
A documentary about his work in Iraq, Shooting War, was shown in April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Pagetti lives between Milan and New York.