War photographer Pellegrin takes a shot at fashion

Fri Sep 3, 2010 8:37am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Award winning photographer Paolo Pellegrin has documented many of the world's danger zones from Lebanon to Kosovo and Rwanda to Haiti.

In 1995, his stunning reportage on AIDS in Uganda received the World Press and the Kodak Young Photographer Awards.

The Italian-born snapper has published six books, of which -- "As I Was Dying" -- brought together his moving images of human suffering in war zones and in natural disasters.

Now, the 46 year-old Pellegrin, who joined Magnum in 2005, has curated and shot this year's edition of the photo agency's fashion magazine called "Storm."

The end result is a raw and ghostly vision of the future of our planet through a collection of eerie landscapes from New York to Iceland and Siberia and unconventional fashion shoots.

"I took the whole experience as a challenge to see if I could create something worthwhile in another field. Obviously it contains some fashion, but I also wanted to make a more general statement on the environment and the state of the planet," Pellegrin told Reuters by phone.

With a print run of 8,000, the magazine is now available worldwide in selected libraries and museums.

It also features contributions from fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, architect Norman Foster or designer Bruce Mau.   Continued...