Franco Pagetti’s portraits of Sunni and Shiites with their ID cards are included in an exhibition of images he took in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 currently on view at the VII Gallery in Brooklyn, NY through April 12
Pagetti arrived in Baghdad shortly before the war broke out. His movements were limited by the regime, but that was before the horror and violence that would kill more civilians than soldiers (like all modern wars) and that would force him to cover the rest of the war under the protection of the U.S. military
In Part Two of VII The Magazine's series on Libya Franco Pagetti looks at the rebel movement in the Benghazi area of Libya. Even with the support of NATO and the United States they have achieved little towards any kind of victory. The only certainty in this conflict is that the death toll will continue to rise.
In this report by Franco Pagetti we present an overview of the situation in Afghanistan as it stands today. It is obvious that much work lies ahead and that this war now heading to it’s tenth year is far from over.
Franco Pagetti captures the bleak mood pervading Afghanistan and its environs today. Despite the massive presence of Western soldiers, large parts of Afghanistan remain in limbo. For most ordinary Afghans, little has changed for the better, and much has changed for the worse, especially in the countryside, where the Taliban remains strong and entrenched.
VII and the International Committee of the Red Cross have just unveiled their globe-spanning project documenting current humanitarian crises, “Our World At War.” The work includes: Lebanon by Franco Pagetti, Afghanistan by James Nachtwey, Haiti by Ron Haviv, Caucasus by Antonin Kratochvil, Liberia by Christopher Morris, Colombia by Franco Pagetti, Philippines by James Nachtwey, and Congo by Ron Haviv.