"I believe in the importance of collecting visual records for our collective memory, to promote understanding and also, in some cases, for reasons of accountability," he says. "There are always many challenges – ethical, moral – of representation. I am very sensitive to these issues and try to do the best I can, and learn and improve as I go along."
Born in Rome in 1963, Paolo initially trained to become an architect, his parents' profession, before pursuing his own path studying photography at Rome's Istituto Italiano di Fotografia (IIF). Today, he is one of the world's most celebrated photojournalists, having won 10 World Press Photo awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Mieth-Preis, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award.