Marco Barbieri

Marco Barbieri is a photographer of Italian/Czech descent. Born in 1980 in Bologna, Italy he moved to London in 2006 where he now works for a creative agency. He has embraced photography since he was a teenager. An avid traveler and observer of the “everyday spectacular”, he tries to document unexpected realities and apply a highly compositional style to daily scenes.
Marco focuses on places where religion and politics affect the environment we live in and play an important role in people’s lives. He is interested in the aftermath of the changes brought by these forces. This focus brought him to such places as the De Facto Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh to document “a country that technically does not exist” or, more recently, Uzbekistan to talk about water, power and deceptive appearances. He mainly works using medium format film and has a compositional approach to photography.

The Zone

Not much has changed in Chernobyl over the last 30 years. The “Exclusion Zone”, a vast flat expanse covering territories both in Ukraine and Belarus has been abandoned since the day of the nuclear disaster.

Nature has reclaimed the many evacuated villages and wildlife is proliferating. The city of Pripyat is populated by debris of the Soviet era and the reactor at the heart of the tragedy is now covered by the biggest steel structure in the world.

To view more of Marco’s work please visit his website.