Education Development Center (EDC)
"An important tool for any organization, especially a nonprofit, is a collection of inspiring, high-quality professional photographs to illustrate our work and share the success stories of our participants. Thanks to Paolo Patruno, EDC now has beautifully powerful images that illustrate our education and health work in Rwanda. It was an absolute pleasure to plan this project with Paolo and work with him to arrange a shot list, shooting schedule, subject releases, and all of the many details involved in our five day shooting project. Throughout, Paolo was flexible, detail-oriented, and above all, interested in capturing the essence of our work. The result is a large and beautiful collection of stunning photographs in a wide variety of situations and locations. Paolo's documentary style served us especially well in telling the stories of our beneficiaries in photos and in video. EDC is so pleased with our collaboration with Paolo; other organizations would be wise to call on him for any of their photography needs."
Alison Cohen, Senior Manager. Media Relations
"The End FGM European Network has worked with Paolo on a range of different products, he has taken beautiful, professional photos of our conferences and smaller training events, really capturing the spirit of our work. He has created short, energetic promotional videos and has also worked closely with our Network activists to create a positive, evocative. His creativity, commitment and passion for the work that he does is complemented by his positivity, can-do attitude, flexibility and professionalism. He put our Network activists at ease and put their needs first, navigating speaking about a taboo and deeply personal subject with respect and tact. We cannot recommend this true gender defender enough. He is a pleasure to work with."
Natalie Kontoulis. Advocacy Officer
"We chose to work with Paolo because of his extensive experience in photographing birth in African settings as part of his BIRTH IS A DREAM project, his passion for the subject, his empathy with the mothers and babies he photographs and his pro-active work ethic. Paolo's photos are inspiring the research team to communicate their research in more creative and engaging ways."
Agnes Becker. Communications Officer.
"Powerful images tell stories unlike any other medium can. And, powerful is an understatement when it comes to Paolo Patruno's photographs.
Collaborating with Paolo to document our mother and child health project in South Omo, Ethiopia is one of the best decisions we've made. His photographs capture the heart of our work, communicating at once both the struggles and the hope of one of the most important issues facing African communities today. Paolo's passion for maternal health and his experience photographing its highs and lows made him a natural partner for AMREF, whose mandate is to show how African communities are at the centre of transforming lives for generations to come. Most importantly for us, Paolo showed tremendous respect for all of the mothers, babies, nurses, midwives, doctors and community members he photographed."
Jennifer Foulds. Communications and PR Director
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)
"Paolo's photographs of UMCOR's malaria initiative in the DR Congo, capture an almost silent and obscure cry of those who are burdened with malaria. His images are poignant, wonderfully powerful, and vivid. They draw out the subject's unspoken story, which can only be carried deep in the hearts of those affected by this deadly, yet preventable disease. In essence, his images capture the heart. We highly recommend Paolo's work."
James Rollins. Director of Marketing and Communications
SEVA CANADA SOCIETY
"Paolo's photos have been incredibly useful for our organization. In just three months, we've used them in so many ways to help convey the work that we do - on our website, in our blog, in reports to donors, in our annual report and in videos. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and that is so true. Paulo's pictures not only tell stories, but they pull at the heart and move people to act. Our donors have told us how inspiring Paolo's images are. We are so grateful for his help and his vision in telling Seva's story."
Heather Wardle. Development Director