Marco Vernaschi is an Italian visual artist, creative director and producer best known for his thought-provoking photography and inspirational campaigns. He developed a variety of projects in different fields, ranging from documentary to advocacy and contemporary art.
His work is part of several private and museum collections, while his editorial work is featured in mainstream media such as National Geographic, TIME and The New York Times. Through 2021-22 Marco produced WARMI, an editorial campaign investigating the link between ancestral and contemporary feminism in Argentina’s Andean Altiplano. In 2019, for APPLE’s #ShotOnIphone, he produced GAUCHA, focusing on the role of gaucho matriarchs in Argentine culture.
As a grantee, Marco developed for the Pulitzer Center an awareness campaign on maternal health in West Africa, an investigation on the aftermath of narcoterrorism in Guinea-Bissau and an investigation on people trafficking Uganda.
In 2011, Marco exhibited Placebo at the 54th Venice Biennale, the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO) and at KARL BULLA Museum (St Petersburg). Through 2012, he introduced Biophilia at Noorderlicht’s Festival, Tokyo Institute Of Photography and at the Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte.
In 2015 Marco created BIOPHILIA in Argentina, an organization aimed to generate positive impact through communication. Through Biophilia, he launched SEEDS for LIFE, an awareness campaign designed to expose the human cost of pesticide abuse. SEEDS for LIFE, of which COLDPLAY’s Chris Martin became global ambassador, enacted positive change among the community at the center of the campaign, contributing to modify regulations on pesticide use on a local level.
Through the early stages of his career, Marco produced an exposé on the aftermath of cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia, and developed a set of investigations with focus on wildlife crime and conservation working in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Indonesia and India in collaboration with the CITES (United Nations).
Through those years, Marco worked with prominent conservationists such as Dr. Biruté Galdikas, Dr. Patricia Wright and Fateh Singh Rathore among others, in collaboration with Tiger Watch India, ICTE NYC-Madagascar, and with WCS, FFI and BVAR in Belize. Marco is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the World Press Photo (2010).