Marco Vernaschi


Marco Vernaschi is an Italian visual artist and producer known for his thought-provoking visuals and inspirational campaigns. His diverse projects span documentary, advocacy, and contemporary art, with his work featured in prominent private and public collections, museums, and respected media outlets.

In 2023, Marco produced MACONDO, exploring the intersection of magical realism and climate resilience in Colombia’s Caribbean region. From 2021 to 2022, he created AHÍCITO NOMÁS and WARMI, an editorial campaign that investigates the link between ancestral and contemporary feminism in the Andean Altiplano. In 2019, he created GAUCHA, for Apple’s global campaign #ShotOnIphone, highlighting the role of gaucho matriarchs in Argentina.

Between 2015 and 2019, Marco served as an external advisor to Argentina’s Chief of Staff Office, helping to foster social development and positioning of the Northwestern region, particularly the Quebrada of Humahuaca in Jujuy. 

In 2015, he launched SEEDS for LIFE, an awareness campaign addressing the impact of pesticide abuse in Argentina, which garnered support from Coldpay’s Chris Martin, contributing to improve local regulations on use of agrochemicals.

In 2011, Vernaschi participated in the 54th Venice Biennale. His project PLACEBO, consisting of two series investigating sexual energy as a core element of human experience, was then exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), Paris Photo and the Karl Bulla Museum in St. Petersburg, among other venues.

In 2012, Marco presented BIOPHILIA at Noordelicht’s Festival, Terra Cognita. The project, exploring humanity’s need to reconnect with nature, was then showcased at the Tokyo Institute of Photography, Paris Photo and the Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte.

As a Pulitzer Center grantee, Marco produced NARCO STATE, an investigation on narco-terrorism in Guinea-Bissau; DYING for TREATMENT, a campaign on maternal health in West Africa; and CHILD SACRIFICE, an investigation on organ trafficking in Uganda. Early in his career, Marco produced an investigation on the aftermath of cocaine production in Bolivia and conducted wildlife crime and conservation investigations in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Indonesia, and India in collaboration with CITES (United Nations). 

Throughout his career, Marco has received numerous accolades. He joined The Photo Society in 2015, where he remains an active member.

Marco Vernaschi