2006 Photo Contest, Portraits, 1st prize

Paolo Pellegrin

Magnum Photos for Newsweek

02 April, 2005

Gazing at the window of the apartment of Pope John Paul II after a Vatican official announced the Pope's death. Many had gathered on St. Peter's Square during his last days. After a long illness, Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84. When the Polish Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope in 1978, he became the first non-Italian to hold the post in four-and-a-half centuries. His election is seen by historians as a factor in the subsequent collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. As John Paul II, he became the most widely traveled pope in history, and was instantly recognized around the globe.

About the photographer

Paolo Pellegrin

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, a...

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