Franco Pagetti was born in Italy . has been a news photographer since 1996.
Franco Pagetti has covered the conflict in Iraq since January 2003, three months before the start of the war. Since then, he has constantly been based in Baghdad, mainly on assignment for TIME Magazine. His images have captured the horrors of war, the brief flowering of hope after the downfall of Saddam Hussein, the rise of insurgent and terrorist groups, and more recently, the inexorable descent into a bloody sectarian civil war.
Most of his recent work has involved conflict situations: Afghanistan (1997, ‘98, 2001, 2009 and 2010), Kosovo (1999), East Timor (1999), Kashmir (1998, 2000 and 2001), Palestine (2002), Sierrra Leone (2001) and South Sudan (1997), Somalia (2008) Lebanon 2009, RDC (2010),Egypt and Libya (2011) , Syria (2013)
His non-conflict news photography has included assignments in India, the Vatican City, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and his native Italy.
In his “former life,” he was a fashion photographer for Italian VOGUE and taught chemistry at Milano ‘s University .