Series Biophilia







The term “Biophilia” was first used by Erich Fromm to describe the psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive, and literally means love for life or living systems. The Biophilia Hypothesis was a step beyond; Edward O. Wilson introduced it in 1984, suggesting an instinctive, subconscious bond between human beings and other living systems. Wilson concludes that the deep relationship between humans and nature is rooted in our biology. Human preferences towards natural things, while refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. In other words, our natural love for life helps sustain life itself.

The humankind is globally facing an historical era of radical changes, a major shift from the Modern to the Post Modern Age, in which most social structures have failed or are on the verge to collapse, opening the way to new models. We’re living an environmental crisis, a financial crisis but mostly a crisis of the human spirit. The disorientation resulting from this much needed disorder leads us all to rethink and possibly to reshape our lives, in different ways. Nature turns out to be – if not the answer – at least the asylum in which more and more people look for new models of living.

The project BIOPHILIA explores the instinctive drive behind the growing trend of reconnection with the natural, based on direct experience and through a creative process that reflects the principles of the exploration — where observation turns into contemplation and the unexpected plays a revealing role. The resulting Series are organized into a three chapters fictional tale shaped around a non-linear narrative.


Series The Dream Series The Vision
Chapter I – The Vision Chapter II – The Dream


Series The Encounter

Chapter III – The Encounter


Placebo is a journey through darkness, a travelogue of Vernaschi’s immersion into a sensual and, at times almost violent search for the remedy to dispel a wordless psychological upheaval. Through a series of dreamlike and real excursions he illustrates this transformation from confusion to clarity.

Boundaries crumble as he pushes himself, using photography as a divining rod to direct him to the centre of his subconscious where silence and isolation are balanced against frenetic fury. The self-indulgence of existential questioning is embedded deep within the work, light trails through the images, creating a surrealistic stage on which his subjects shimmer and glow.

Each narrative evokes an earthy sense of animal instinct, which also colors sexual scenes that make up an integral part of the journey. There is little romance to be found in the sexual narrative, no “happily ever after” fairy dust falling on these images, each vignette is an immediate raw exploration that begins and ends with sheer desire.
Placebo marks a shift in how Vernaschi photographs and through this “photo-therapy” he has emerged with a different kind of document, one that investigates the foundations of what makes us human and reveals the fine line which separates that human-ness from primal nature.

Peggy Sue Amison

Series Placebo



The BIOPHILIA Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit organization based in Argentina that was started in 2014 by Marco Vernaschi. BIOPHILIA contributes in shaping a sustainable model of rural development through a synergetic approach and a holistic vision, to empower small-scale farmers with the mission to reinforce local economies and fostering a responsible management of the natural resources.

Series biophilia

Series bitter harves Series samilantes
Series diablos Series gauchos
Series Jasy Pora Series patagonia






Marco Vernaschi was born in Turin, Italy, in 1973 and lives in Buenos Aires since 2005. His artworks are exhibited in major solo and group venues, including the 54th Venice Biennale, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Paris Photo and the MACRO Museum, in Rome, among others.

Vernaschi developed a successful career as a communication specialist and consultant, working on a variety of editorial projects and awareness campaigns in South America, Africa and Asia. His essays are published by several mainstream outlets such as the National Geographic Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, GEO and The Sunday Times Magazine, among others.

Marco investigated the dynamics of cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia during 2006-07 and through 2008-11 he contributed to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Washington D.C., USA) for which he developed an international investigation on Narcoterrorism in Guinea-Bissau and the Sahel Region, an awareness campaign on Maternal Health in West Africa and exposed Organs Trade in Uganda. In the previous years, Marco worked with several conservationists on a variety of environmental projects, including Birute Galdikas and the Orangutan Foundation in Indonesia (Camp Leakey), Patricia Wright and the ValBio Center in Madagascar (Ranomafana) and with Fateh Singh Rathore on tiger conservation, in India (Ranthambhore N.P.). Marco has received awards from several institutions, including the World Press Photo (2010) and was enlisted among the Ambassadors of Italian Excellence in the World, in 2012.

Marco is the President and Founder of the BIOPHILIA Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Argentina that contributes in shaping a sustainable model of rural development.




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 (finalist)
SONY PHOTO AWARD 2010 – Current Issue
ODP Award for Human Values 2009
FIP – Young Photographer of the Year 2004
Nando Peretti Foundation Grantee 2002-04





























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