2002. Natalia is one of Paolo Roversi’s favourite models and this is probably his most famous photo. Take a look at Natalia’s portfolio and you’ll see a stunning model, but not one who necessarily stands out from the crowd. And that’s the thing. No other photographer has captured her beauty in the way that Paolo has.
In his 2015 book devoted to her, he writes her a kind of love letter:
As you know, in the end, photography is only a question of love, told through the mysteries of light, time and beauty. Like a marvellous enigma, one day you appeared in my studio standing in front of my camera in a way that is only yours. You looked through my lens and into my heart – and suddenly the enchantment happened. I never thought before, that the emotion of taking photographs could be so powerful: an epiphany that left me speechless. Did we solve the enigma? I don’t know. But these are only words…
To which Natalia responds in kind.
This photo is part of a shoot published in issue 15, volume 1 of French cult magazine, Égoïste.
Inkjet print with self-adhesive paper label “© Paolo ROVERSI Studio / All rights reserved.”