Paolo Pellegrin

Gaza Portraits

Storgata 95

26. April 2014 - 26. October 2014


The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Ole D. Mjøs, chairman of the board of Perspektivet Museum from 2001 to 2011.

Between 27th December of 2008 and 18th of January 2009, the Israeli military carried out an attack on the Gaza Strip named Operation Cast Lead. The magnitude of the harm to the population, buildings and infrastructure was unprecedented. In Gaza Portraits we meet Palestinian civilians who had their lives dramatically changed. Due to severe injuries and loss of limbs, many lost their ability to support their families or to complete their education.

Since 2000, the Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin has reported from both sides in the long-standing Israeli – Palestinian conflict. When he arrived a few months after the Israeli attack, he was struck by the devastation and the high number of dead and wounded. The first photographs were taken in 2009, returning to Gaza several times. He felt obliged to tell the stories to the population that was brutally affected by the Operation Cast Lead.

The exhibition is produced by Magnum Photos in collaboration with PERSPEKTIVET MUSEUM, Tromsø. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo.


Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture before studying photography in Rome. 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 was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years. He lives in London.

Paolo Pellegrin has translated the traditional photojournalism into a new and contemporary language.  He belongs to a generation of social engaged photographs who, despite their clear moral compass, refuse to preach. His goal is nothing less than the construction of an archive for our collective memory, by looking the world unflinchingly straight in the eyes.

Pellegrin is winner of many awards, including ten World Press Photo awards and numerous Photographer of the Year awards, 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.