Paolo Roversi

Italian, 1947–present

Roversi’s poetic, romantic and ethereal images are all at the same time peculiarly familiar and intimate, which explains his view of photography, that he is constantly in search of beauty. His subjects are therefore exceptionally beautiful, the light he has captured to illuminate those subjects is indeed even more exquisite. 

Roversi cultivated his interest and taste for photography already in his teens, and started working in the field of photojournalism in the 1970s before he grew passionate about fashion, and working for Elle in Paris from 1973. Ever since, his large-format Polaroid photography and its dazzling portraits have been awarded and exhibited across the world. For Roversi, light is life, and using the natural light coming through his studio window is the very departure of every project. Be it editorial assignments for major publications, with supermodels like Natalia Vodianova without any other attribute than her naked body and piercing gaze or commercial campaigns for fashion houses such as Dior, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino the viewer cannot forget Roversi’s startling facial features.