Martina Bacigalupo was born in 1978 in Genova.
After reading literature and philosophy in Italy, she studied photography at the London College of Printing. In 2005 she won the Black & White Photographer of the Year Award, and joined Reflexion Masterclass in Paris.
For the past four years Martina has been working as a freelance photographer in East Africa, mainly based in Burundi, working on personal projects and collaborating with different international NGOs (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, Care, Handicap International).
Her work has been published, among others, on Internazionale, Esquire, Sunday Times Magazine, Elle, Jeune Afrique, Io Donna.
Martina was selected for the 2008 Joop Swartt Masterclass and won the Amilcare Ponchielli Grin Award in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award.
She is member of Agence Vu in Paris.