Paolo Pellizzari was born on February 7, 1956. His photographic work finds its roots in the German School of Photography. His panoramic pictures feature crowds and human landscapes composed in such a way that makes his work distinctive among others. He studied Architecture at Université catholique de Louvain and Business at INSEAD (Fontaineblau). His work has been shown in Museums and Art Galleries around the world and has been published regularly in newspapers and magazines including Libération, L’equipe, La Repubblica, and Newsweek.
In 2001, he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern art in Hasselt Belgium. Between 2003 and 2008 Paolo exhibited at Couleur Café and had an exhibition at the Queen Galleries in Brussels for his work entitled One Billion Indians. He also exhibited at Young Gallery in Brussels, Husson Gallery, le Musée de la photographie in Charleroi ( Belgium) and the Château d’Eau in Toulouse (France).
He has published two books dedicated to cycling entitled La France du Tour and “The Tours of the World”. In 2004 he was awarded the Sportel Prize for the best sports book of the year for “Tours of the World” in which he photographs the most exotic cycling races on the planet.
In 2010 he produced a book with his body of work called The Broad Way and exhibited the content at the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. His work is regularly displayed in galleries in Turin, Milan, Paris and Brussels and is distributed by Vu in Paris and Contact Press Images in New York.
Paolo Pellizzari is a guest professor at La Cambre in Brussels and at the International Center of Photography in New York.
June 24 – September 5, 2015
Paolo Pellizzari photographs the world as an active participant rather than a voyeur. Through a wide panoramic frame, he offers a sweeping overview and a very intimate story. Pellizzari photographs major sporting events and daily life through the same lens. He creates intricate vignettes out of the usual, and the extraordinary.
“This is not conventional sports photography, the kind that sticks to the hero from the breakaway to the podium” says Pellizzari. “I have opted for a wider view like a stage play, it allows each aspect to be examined: the competitors as well as the spectators”.