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Rochester, New York, USA
Police officers search a house for an armed suspect in northeast Rochester.
The group of deprived neighborhoods known as the ‘Crescent’, around the northern edge of downtown Rochester, New York State, USA, is renowned for its high crime and murder rates. Reasons given for these include a depressed local economy, and the large number of empty houses, prone to becoming locations for drug dealing.
Magnum Photos for Postcards from America / Zeit Magazin
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Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome, Italy. He studied architecture at Sapienza Università di Roma, before moving on to photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, also in the Italian capital. Between 1991 and 2001, Pellegrin was represented by Agence VU in Paris. In 2001, he became a Magnum Photos nominee, and a full member in 2005. He is a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine in the US and Zeit magazine in Germany.
Pellegrin’s books include Paolo Pellegrin (Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern 2012); Dies Irae (Contrasto, Italy, 2011), Paolo Pellegrin (Actes Sud, 2010); As I Was Dying (Actes Sud, France, 2007), Double Blind (Trolley, 2007), Kosovo 1999-2000: The Flight of Reason (Trolley, USA, 2002), L'au delà est là (Le Point du Jour, France, 2001), Cambogia (Federico Motta Editore, Italy, 1998), and Bambini (Sinnos, Italy, 1997).
Pellegrin is the winner of many awards, including ten World Press Photo awards and numerous Photographer of the Year awards, as well as a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Meith Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006, he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. He lives in New York and London.