Marco Vernaschi was born in Italy, 1973. He lives in Buenos Aires since 2005.
His last work, Placebo, was exhibited in 2011 at the 54th Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) at the Italian Pavilion, in St. Petersburg at the Karl Bulla Historical Photography Foundation and at Rome's MACRO-Testaccio, among other exhibits.
In 2009 Marco began working with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, documenting the major illegal activities behind narco-terrorism. In the Project West Africa's New Achilles' Heel, Marco focused on cocaine trafficking, in Guinea Bissau, documenting how criminal networks led by Hezbollah and Al Qaeda control drug trafficking in Africa, giving insight on the aftermath of this phenomenon at a social and political level.
Again for the Pulitzer Center, in 2009, Marco started an international campaign to raise awareness on Maternal heath, with the project Dying for Life, revealing the dire situation of maternal mortality in the Sub-Saharan African region. In 2010 Marco worked at his third project with the Pulitzer Center covering Child Sacrifice and organ trafficking in Uganda, revealing the business behind this fraudulent phenomenon.
Through 2006 and 2008 Marco worked in Bolivia, documenting the early stages of President Evo Morales' new policy on coca crops, showing how the indigenous people living in the Chapare region are forced by the circumstances to deal with drug trafficking on daily basis. The resulting story, “Bolivia: Broken Promises”, was described as unprecedented by the New York Times.
In 2006, Marco covered the tin war in Bolivia's Altiplano, documenting the fratricidal conflicts among miners and its aftermath with the documentary “Condemned to Repeat”. In 2005 he covered “The Bitter Taste of Salt” on the daily struggle of the Quechua salt-miners living in the northwestern salt flats of Argentina.
Marco's personal work has published in several major art magazines, including EYEMAZING, La Lettre de la Photographie, DIENACTH, GUP, etc. His documentary work has been featured worldwide by STERN, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, GEO, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and Sunday Times Magazine, among others.
Recent exhibitions & publications
BIOPHILIA Series I - Solo Exhibit - 72Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Photography - Tokyo, Japan
BIOPHILIA Series I - Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012, Belvedere Museum - Heerenveen, The Netherlands
PLACEBO - Festival Internazionale della Fotografia, MACRO - Rome, Italy
PLACEBO - 54th Venice BIENNALE 2011, Italian Pavilion - Venice, Italy
PLACEBO - Solo Exhibit @ Karl Bulla Historical Photography Foundation - Saint Petersurg, Russia
PLACEBO - Solo Exhibit @ Wussman Gallery - Buenos Aires, Argentina
PLACEBO - MONO Vol. I Gooma Books - 2012
BIOPHILIA Series I - DIENACHT Magazine, Germany 11/2012
BIOPHILIA Series I - Mots D'Image, France 10/2012
PLACEBO - EYEMAZINE Magazine, Issue 04/2011
Awards & Honors
World Press Photo Award 2010 - 1st Prize - GN Stories
PGB Photo Award 201 0 - "Best Picture of the Year" - 1st Prize
PGB Photo Award 2010 - "Picture Story of the Year" - 1st Prize
ASME Award 2011 - Finalist
PULITZER Center Grantee 2008 - 2010
Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2009 - 1st Prize
ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism 2010 (Nominee)
SONY PHOTO AWARD 2010 - Current Issue (Finalist)
ODP Award for Human Values 2009 (Finalist)
FIP - Young Photographer of the Year 2004
Nando Peretti Foundation Grantee 2002
2009 Portfolio Prize winner Marco Vernaschi documents the violence and tragedy taking place right now in Guinea-Bissau.