Pietro Paolini was born in Florence in 1981. He graduated from the three years course at the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence in 2005. From 2004 started his interest for the South American reality, focusing on the new socialist countries, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.
In 2006 he founded with other four photographers the TerraProject collective, which deals with social and geographical issues in Italy through collective projects of documentary photography. His photographs have been exhibited in Italy and abroad.
He contributed as a freelance with many Italian and international magazines. In 2009 he won the "Canon young photographers award". Since 2010 he has been selected to be part of the "Reflexion masterclass" by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. In 2012 his work “Bolivianas” won a prize at World Press Photo – Daily life 2nd prize stories.
In 2013 was awarded the M.Pesaresi prize for contemporary photography.