Roderick StanleyComment

Fractured Lands: Paolo Pellegrin's Journey Through the Middle East

Roderick StanleyComment
Fractured Lands: Paolo Pellegrin's Journey Through the Middle East

Last year, the New York Times Magazine published an issue of solely Paolo Pellegrin's photographs of the Middle East, along with 42,000 words by longtime writing collaborator Scott Anderson. This epic piece of long-form journalism is now being published by Magnum Photos as a hardback book.

The project is a detailed look at the conflict in the region, "ruminating on its possible causes and looking outwardly at the rippling effects it has had on the wider world." Pellegrin has spent the last two decades traveling the Middle East, examining the origins of the Arab Spring and today's ongoing migrant crisis, all the while taking photographs with his uniquely perceptive eye.

“Why do I do it? However imperfect the whole media world might be, I still think it’s extremely important that stories are told – and I say this as a maker of images and as a reader. If there are no journalists – if there are no writers, photographers, videographers –  who go out there as witnesses, especially doing this long form of journalism, as society, we lose out enormously because you can’t always rely on news cycles. I think for a better, deeper understanding it needs this type of commitment.” – Paolo Pellegrin, Conflict and Consequences

Fractured Lands is available from Magnum, signed by Pellegrin

Writer and editor based in New York.