Marta Bevacqua is an Italian photographer and director based in Paris. She fell into photography by chance: at sixteen years old she tried her hand at shooting the beautiful women around her; a decision that flourished into her current career in fashion photography. Bevacqua captures impeccable portraits that tell a story of quiet emotion with each subject.
Utopian Magazine: Are you shy?
Marta Bevacqua: I’ve been shy, very very shy in the past. I learned how to avoid being shy and now I’m not shy anymore, even if in some situations I feel like I was before.
Utopian Magazine: Could you say that you feel better when you hide yourself, your shyness, behind the camera. We hide and then we start shooting…
Marta Bevacqua: It’s not hiding. Of course, I prefer to stay behind the camera, but it’s because, in the process of creation, I know that’s my place and I feel more comfortable there.
Utopian Magazine: Which is the most powerful image from the collection for you personally? And why
Marta Bevacqua: Maybe my self-portrait in Svalbard. Because it represents so much to me and I think it’s visible.
Utopian Magazine: Do you have muses?
Marta Bevacqua: Not really, but some girls I love to shoot again and again, yes.
I wouldn’t define them muses, just “friends” .
Utopian Magazine: How do you think Marta’s images impact the 2020 spectator?
Marta Bevacqua: Honestly, 2020 was a very difficult year for everyone, and 2021 is not starting as the best year ahah. I think the spectator needs to see what it makes him feeling better. If some people managed to do this looking at my pictures, then I’m happy!
Utopian Magazine: Do you ever feel objectified?
Marta Bevacqua: Well… no. But it’s because I’ve been lucky. As a woman, I know there are still so many problems and we are far from the real genre equality. Personally, I’ve always felt respected and I am lucky for this.
Utopian Magazine: What do you hope to see happen in the near future?
Marta Bevacqua: The end of covid…?!
Utopian Magazine: How do you generate new ideas?
Marta Bevacqua: Ideas can come in a lot of different ways. I find inspiration everywhere, it can be a beautiful light, a particular model I want to shoot, a spectacular location. It can be a book, a movie, just music. And of course, other artists’ works.
Utopian Magazine: What is your message to the utopian’s readers?
Marta Bevacqua: If you have a dream, just go on and never give up, even if the road is endless.