Paris-based photographer Paolo Verzone was born in Turin, Italy in 1967. Since he began taking pictures at the age of 18, he has always divided his photography between portraiture and reportage.
Paolo Verzone is unclassifiable, which he likes. With a background in journalism, a field where he continues to work, he has long known that the printed page is not the only place to present a vision or point of view. Thus, alone or with his collaborator, Alessandro Albert, he has undertaken large scale projects that take an in-depth look into todayâs world. The most remarkable includes his survey of seaside bathers along the Italian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish coasts. The project spanned many years.
During the past five years, he worked on a series of students' portraits from military academy throughout Europe. âCadetsâ has been published by Editions de La MartiniÃ¨re and exhibited at the HÃ´tel des Invalides.
His intimate and strict portraits leave room for laughter while representing characters who become a funny but not always joyful reflection of our society. This âleisure societyâ he frames is neither in place or voided of its own caricature.
He was published in international magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, the Guardian, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Geo. His works were awarded with several grants, among them: World Press Photo, American Photography, International Photography Awards. His images are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the BibliothÃ¨que Nationale, Paris.
At the Headquarters of the WHO during the war against Ebola (2015)
Since the 14th of March 2014, date of the first email sent by the WHO teams in Guinea revealing the first suspected case of Ebola, the French doctor Pierre Fromenty and his teams work long hours to find solutions against this epidemic that hit Western Africa. Since WHO have decreed the state of urgency, four months after the first case, all the teams in charge of working on this meet up every morning in the basement of the main building, in the SOHC (Strategic Operational Headquarter Centre), in the crisis room of the WHO. 6000 kilometres way from the infected zones, researchers, doctors, and experts in sanitary aid find solutions like procedures of isolation, details of different rules of...
This series on the Karlberg Military Academy in Sweden is an extract from Paolo Verzone's long term project on European military academies.
Between 2009 and 2013, Paolo Verzone has travelled throughout Europe to realize the portraits of cadets from the most important academies of the continent. Interested since for a long time in the quest of a European identity â particularly in his work "Seeuropeans" Paolo Verzone met these young officers who are a symbol of the link that exists between their school's traditions and their history, and the future these cadets hold for Europe's military system. In each of these academies, Paolo Verzone has chosen to shoot portraits in symbolic places...
On April 29, 2011, the British Royal Family was marrying Prince William, heir to the throne, making London the centre of attention of almost 2 billion viewers.
Paolo Verzone was among the million of bystanders, elbowing his way to testify of both the festive atmosphere of that day and the preparations which were organized with a military discipline and were meant to display the symbolic force the British monarchy still possesses.
The Siberian Chess Boxing Organisation (SCBO) in cooperation with the World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO) proudly present:
Chessboxing goes Russia â first tournament in Krasnoyarsk
When Nikolay Sazhin won the world championship in the light heavyweight division in July 2008 it was obvious that Russia would play an im portant role in chessboxing. Sazhin returned with the belt and the vision to spread this sport in Siberia. As a consequence the SCBO was founded by the champion, Roman Lavrenov and Vladimir Makarov.
The idea of chessboxing originates from the comic âfroid equateur â(literally âcold equatorâ) by Enki Bilal. Chessboxing was initially conceived by the Dutch...
Paolo Verzone gives us a visual walk in an Iceland falling prey to an economical crisis which increase a crepuscular atmosphere of the insular North.
First state to have to pay for the crash of the financial markets, Iceland had to face to his own bankrupt. The photographer crosses those dreary plains, hostiles and uninhabited. Each picture carries its own absence: we can see that human absence is a metaphor of the humanityâs absence of financial exchanges.
Paolo Verzone followed Michel Platini wherever he went at the end of January. The UEFA president's schedule was at the time mainly filled by an official visit in Russia for the final of the Independent States Community and Baltic countries Cup in St Petersburg.
Paolo Verzone starts his story with panoramic views. Syrian desert landscapes are enduring the same treatment than the painted walls of the city. Then Verzone leaves the panoramic to come back to a more intimate and more precise photography.
In 2004, Paolo Verzone worked on the lebanese capitale, he dealed with life there and its inhabitants. 15 years after the civil war between christians and muslims in Lebanon, difficulties concerning Beirut are a reflect of the situation in the whole Near-East. Paolo Verzone manages to show a lighting city. Situated between Syria and the Mediterranean sea, the city is the place where roads and cultures meet.
The place remains the souvenirs of fightings and also shows a sweet way of life.
Il libro âSorprendente Torinoâ Ã¨ un percorso fotografico attraverso una Torino inedita, sconosciuta, contemporanea ma incredibilmente reale; una Torino ricca di contraddizioni suggestive dalla dimensione umana inaspettata, una cittÃ a cui ci si affeziona e a cui la Maison HermÃ¨s Ã¨ ormai visceralmente legata da dieci anni. Text by: Giuseppe Culicchia Publisher: SilvanaEditoriale (2007)
Volti di Passaggio
Siamo in una via di Mosca, subito dopo il colpo contro Gorbacev. Alcuni russi, scelti dal caso, sono invitati a posare davanti alla macchina fotografica a banco ottico di due giovani torinesi, Alessandro Albert e Paolo Verzone.
Marina Miraglia Text by: Marina Miraglia Publisher: Peliti (1992) 64 pages Size: 21x24 cm ISBN :8885121136
2015 - World Press Photo 2015 - Portraits, 3rd prize stories for ''Cadets''
2011 - Sony World Photography Award, Fine Art Portraits
2010 - PGB Photo Award - 2nd Prize of the Sport Picture f the Year
2010 - American Photography 26 : selected
2009 - World Press Photo - 3rd Prize stories Sports Features
Between 2009 and 2013, the Italian photographer Paolo Verzone travelled through Europe to make the portrait of cadets of the continentâs biggest military academies. He opens the door on these prestigious places that built over time a real legend of excellency with its stories and its figures.
Cadets (Sanary-sur-Mer) From 2014-05-22 to 2014-06-15
Photomed 2014, from 22nd of May to 15th June 2014, in Sanary-sur-Mer (South of France).
Paolo Verzone features his work \"Cadets\".
Paolo Verzone travelled all over Europe to take portraits of young officer cadets from the largest military academies of the Â«old continentÂ», who form the military elite of their countries and who have agreed â an exceptional feat â to open their doors to the photographer.
In most of these academies tradition and discipline prevail, as do aristocracy and in some rare cases a laid-back attitude. In each of these institutions, Paolo Verzone takes a...