Pietro Paolini was born in Florence, Italy in 1981. He graduated from the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence in 2005. In 2004, he started to puruse his interest in the South American reality, focusing on the new socialist countries: Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
In 2006, he founded the TerraProject collective, which deals with social and geographical issues in Italy through collective projects of documentary photography. His photographs have been exhibited in Italy and abroad. He has worked as a freelancer with many Italian and international magazines. In 2009, he won the Canon Young Photographer Award. Since 2010, he has been selected to be part of the Reflexion Masterclass by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. In 2012, his work 'Bolivianas' won a prize in the World Press Photo Contest.