Paola is a French photojournalist and documentary photographer, based in New York City.
Studying political science and urban development, she grows a strong interest for the urban form, and how lives are shaped within it. Drawn to street photography, she develops a keen eye for composition observing human interactions in busy places.
With a career start in the public and development sector, she quickly feels a need to use her passion for photography to explore topics on social and environmental justice. Her topics of documentary reports range from the use of waste management as a development tool in Benin, to being an undocumented Afghan refugee in Canada, the cult of ancestors in the Voodoo religion, or the impact of community sports following the pandemic.
She is a member of the photographers' collective and press agency Hans Lucas and of the Association of Independent Journalists of Quebec (AJIQ), and works as a stringer for AFP (Agence France Presse).
In 2022, she was selected alongside 6 other photographers to enter the mentorship of the french collective Item as well as the Missouri Photo Workshop, granted the Bill & Duane scholarship. That same year, her work was selected within Feminist's 2022 Pride Project, and the Pic for Change contest - and exhibited at the Polka Factory in Paris. Prior to this, she won two honorable mentions at the Paris Photography Awards.
She is available for press assignments or corporate and individual requests.
Print sales : open every end of year.