Paola is a French photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City,  member of the photographers' collective and press agency Hans Lucas. With a degree in Political Science and Urban Development, she began her career in the public and development sector before transitioning to photojournalism in 2020. In response to Covid-related border closures, Paola recounted stories of parted binational couples in portrait and writing. She then traveled to Benin to document the work of the NGO Gbobètô, which leverages waste management to foster development. She relocated to Montreal in 2021 and began covering news for AFP and various media outlets. Her work has been recognized through various awards and exhibitions, which in 2023 included the Lenscratch Student Prize, Photoville, Women Street Photographers' annual exhibition and the Lucie Foundation Portrait Project. She graduated in May from the Documentary Practice & Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography, where she received the Director's Fellowship. There, she developed her project "Silent Radar" which explores the liminal space between physical and virtual reality, collaborating with users of the VRChat platform. She is also an assistant to Eliane Laffont (editor and curator, former director of the Gamma agency and co-founder of the Sygma agency), working on the archive of her husband, the photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont. She will be part of the 36th cohort of the Eddie Adams Workshop in October 2023.

Available for assignments.

Contact information: / +1 (332) 254-4821


2023. Lenscratch Student Prize. Honorable Mention

2023. Photoville. 'Change: the urban and natural landscape' - in collaboration with ASMP, NYC

2023. "Breaking more boundaries" group exhibition, Culture Lab LIC, NYC 

2023. Lucie Foundation - The Portrait Project Take Two. Finalist in the B/W category

2023. 'Lifelines' OYC group exhibition, International Center of Photography, NYC

2023. Women Street Photographers annual exhibition, NYC

2022. Selection in the 2022 Pride Project by Feminist and Art Feminist // Online exhibition + Artist Feature

2022. Trophée Femmes d'Impact laureate - artist category

2022. Laureate of the Pic for Change contest by Pic&Pick // Group exhibition at the Polka Factory, Paris, France

2020. 2 Honorable Mentions at the Paris Photography Awards 

2020. Jury's pick and 3rd people's choice award, "Saveurs d'Australie" Contest, Wipplay

2017. Directed "Undocumented", a short documentary film about 'La Colmena' a Staten Island organization helping undocumented immigrants find safe day labor. Selected in the "social impact" category of the MegaCities ShortDocs competition.


2023. Eddie Adams Workshop XXXVI (upcoming)

2023. Documentary Photography & Visual Journalism, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York - Dean's scholarship

2016. Master in Urban Governance, Sciences Po

2014. Bachelor in Political Science, Sciences Po Bordeaux


AFP (Agence France Presse).

Le Devoir.    

Pivot Québec.   

The Logic.     

Guiti News.

French Ministry of Ecology.    

MSF (Doctors Without Borders).

Le Wagon coding school.



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