Paolo Marchetti is a National Geographic “The Photo Society” fellow and an Award and Grant winning independent photographer based in Rome, Italy.

He has worked for thirteen years in the cinematographic and commercial industry, covering each role in the Camera Department.

In his photography Paolo has always paid particular attention to political and anthropological issues and has embarked upon a freelance career to focus on a combination of long-term personal projects and client assignments. He has covered stories in Brazil, Argentine, Colombia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, United States, Poland, Estonia, Greece, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Bosnia, Moldova, Holland, Italy,  Central and Southern India, China, Thailand, Northern and Central Africa, etc.

His projects are regularly published in international magazines such as L’Espresso, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, 6MOIS, Sunday Times, British Journal of Photojournalism, The Guardian, Le Monde, Geo Germany, Geo Latvia, Geo Finland, Days Japan, Der Spiegel, Stern, Newsweek US, Newsweek Japan, CNN, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Time magazine, National Geographic US among others.

Marchetti has been prized with several international recognitions such as: ten consecutive times the “NPPA – Best of Photojournalism”, eight consecutive times the “PDN’s Award”, the “Getty Images Editorial Photography”, two times the “American Photography Annual Book”, eight times the “POY – Picture of the Year”, three of which in the prestigious category “Photographer of the Year” and in 2016 Marchetti won the first place.

He was finalist at the “Leica Oskar Barnack Award”,  finalist for the “Emerging Photographer Fund –  Burn Award” and the “Aftermath Project”, also he won the following recognitions: the “Sony WPO Award”, the “ANI Pix-Palace” in Perpignan, the “Leica Photographer Award”, the “SDN – Social Documentary Network”, the “Days Japan”, several times the “MIFA – Moscow International Foto Award”, several times the “Lens Culture”, the “Alexia Foundation Grant”, the “World Press Photo” and many others.

Machetti’s projects was exhibited and screened in all  the world, during the most important photo festivals, including “Visa pour L’Image” in Perpignan and five consecutive times during the festival of  Arlès, in NY at “Bronx Documentary Center”, in San Diego at MOPA – the Museum of Photographic Arts, in Amsterdam during the award days of World Press Photo cerimony, in Paris  for the first prize recognized by the ANI Pix-Palace Foundation, in China during the Pingyao International Photography Festival, etc etc.

Among his main long-term projects, we find “FEVER”, actually a project on the feeling of rage and on which he has been working for five years covering five different european countries. “FEVER” has been published 34 times around the world and recognized with more than 20 prizes, including grants and awards at international level.

Marchetti is currently represented by Reportage by Getty Images and the new born Verbatim agency.

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