Born in Ravenna, Italy, photography master Paolo Roversi has been based in Paris since 1973. From editorials in American Vogue and Vogue Italia to a portfolio of clients that span Yohji Yamamoto, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Alaïa, his striking images capture a timeless sense of spontaneity. Over and over again, and often in black and white, he reveals a beautiful rawness, imbuing each figure with immense feeling.
In what ways are you seeing fashion adapt to — or be transformed by —the ongoing global and industry challenges?
The world is swiftly changing and, as fashion reflects the feelings of society, and is part of its DNA, it is constantly evolving, too.
What is one trend or article of clothing that will define the coming year?
I feel that it could be any item that will not define the gender of the wearer. Not just for a matter of freedom, but also to express the positivity, that we really need.
What is something you’d love to see in the future — even if it’s the stuff of fantasy?
It sounds impossible, but I would love for there to be a reevaluation of the printed fashion magazines and print in general. It seems that everything has been built so far is losing its value because of this fast and ephemeral society lead by the digital output. Another wish is to see that the importance of clothing and fashion photography is taught in schools. The way people dress is also a social message, and educational institutions should allow young generations to have a better sense of these behaviours.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.