Alessandro Pavone

DP | Producer

Italian-born Alessandro Pavone has been working as a freelance director of photography and producer in current affairs and documentary programming for the past fifteen years.

Based in Kabul and then Dubai from 2011, Pavone has filmed conflicts and humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia. Ale has also covered recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, and climate change in Greenland and in the Philippines. Beyond his current collaboration with the PBS NewsHour, Ale works regularly for CNN and BBC, and his work has appeared on Al Jazeera, VICE and The New York Times among others. In 2018 he filmed and produced for PBS a series of news feature stories funded by the Pulitzer Center on the migrants’ abuse and the Islamic State resurgence in Libya.

Ale’s strong experience in the field spans from presenter-led feature programs and high-profile interviews to one man crew (shoot/produce/edit), as well as in larger teams as a director of photography or 2nd unit camera operator. He strives to combine news and documentary filming with a cinematic approach using different tools like steadicams and drones. His extensive travel experience, risk assessment procedures’ management and knowledge of international politics makes him a great asset for complex shootings across unstable regions of the world. 

In 2019, the documentary “After The Fall In Raqqa” filmed by Alessandro for VICE on HBO was nominated for the Scripps Howard Awards. He was also part of the PBS NewsHour team to receive the 2017 Overseas Press Club citation (honourable mention) in the Edward R. Murrow Award for their "The Fight for Iraq" series.

  • ACOS Alliance credited Hostile Environment and First Aid Training course, 2018.

  • Italian mother tongue, fluent in Spanish, conversational French and Portuguese.

  • BA and Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, LUMSA University of Rome, 2004.

South Sudan, 2017


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For more videos please check my Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Selected credits

  • Al Jazeera | People & Power:

    • The Forgotten Heroes of Empire 2019 | Director of Photography, Producer

    • Trump's Top General in Afghanistan 2018 | Director of Photography

  • VICE:

    • After the fall 2018 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator

    • Off-Roading in the Abu Dhabi Desert | VICE Arabia 2018 | Director of Photography

    • Calcio storico 2017 | VICE World of Sports | Camera operator

    • Soccer's Battle of Algiers 2017 | VICE World of Sports | Camera operator

    • Escape to Europe 2016 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator

    • Global Jihad 2016 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator

    • The Female Taekwondo Fighters Of Kurdistan 2015 | VICE Fightland | Director of Photography, Producer

    • Inside the Afghan National Army 2014 | VICE | Camera operator

  • PBS Newshour:

    • A brutal life for migrants in Libya: trafficking, detention or death en route to Europe 2018 | Videographer, Producer

    • As climate change parches Somalia, frequent drought comes with conflict over fertile land 2018 | Videographer, Producer

    • Meet a couple separated by thousands of miles and America’s new refugee policies 2018 | Videographer

    • How rape is used as a weapon in South Sudan's war 2017 | Videographer, Producer

    • Areas of Mosul are still under siege, but signs of life return 2017 | Videographer, Producer

  • BBC:

    • The Dubai Special 2019 | BBC Travel Show | Director of Photography

    • The Dubai Special 2017 | BBC Travel Show | Director of Photography

    • Gold market breaches 'covered up' 2014 | BBC Newsnight | Camera operator

    • Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence 2008 | BBC One | Assistant producer

  • Italy Overwhelmed 2016 | The New York Times | Director of Photography


All Ale's equipment is available for rental:

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  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II

  • Sony Alpha A7S Mark II

  • GoPro Hero6 Black 4K Action Camera

  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro Camera Drone


  • 2 x Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless Microphone Set

  • Sennheiser ME-66 Shotgun Microphone

  • Zoom H4n Digital Recorder


  • DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer

  • SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor

  • Sachtler FSB-6 / 2 MD Aluminum Tripod System

  • Slider SmartSLIDER Reflex S 800


  • Canon 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Cinema Zoom Lens

  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II

  • Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II

  • Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS

  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

  • Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens

  • Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens

  • Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens


  • Cineroid Flexible LED Panel Light

  • Dedolight 3 x Head DLH4 kit + projector with Gobo's

  • Scrim Jim 4 x 6 Cine Frame

  • Chimera 1880 Lantern with skirt 20"