Italian photojournalist, Magnum Photos member and Canon Ambassador Paolo Pellegrin has spent decades covering conflicts and crises across the world, from Uganda and Bosnia to the Gaza Strip, Cambodia, Haiti and more. He's won worldwide admiration, including 10 World Press Photo Awards, but the photographic process is still a struggle, he reveals – with reality, the story, the subject, the context, and with himself.
In 2018, he was shooting on the streets of Tokyo and in the lesser-known Noto Peninsula with the then-new Canon EOS R System, following one of the guiding principles of street photography: "embracing whatever one encounters". Paolo spent 14-hour days prowling the streets in sweltering heat and shooting anything that caught his eye: people, reflections, layers.
"Street photography is the battleground for every photographer," he explains. "It's where you start making sense of the relationship between yourself, the world and the camera; and how to use this instrument to capture fragments of the real. I think if you're a good street photographer, you're a good photographer."