Ten Artists on the Beach
Bagni Lido Verticale, from A Portfolio of Landscapes and Figures offset lithograph in colors, 2006, on smooth wove paper, with the artist’s inkstamp on the reverse and numbered edition of 120 (there were also 20 artist’s proofs), with full margins, in very good condition Image: 33 5/8 x 25 7/8 in. (854 x 657 mm.) Sheet: 35 ¼ x 27 3/8 in. (895 x 695 mm.)
Best known for his large-format color photographs of beach scenes, Massimo Vitali has worked as a photojournalist, cinematographer, and fine arts photographer. Early in his career, Vitali developed mistrust in the capacity of documentary photography to reproduce the complexities of reality, which drew him away from photojournalism and instead towards a more conceptual practice. In his “Beach Series” (1995-), he photographed people on Italian beaches—shooting from podiums as high as five meters—as a commentary on the sinister elements, like “cosmetic fakery […] commodified leisure […] and rigid conformism,” behind scenes of supposed normality.
Italian, b. 1944, Como, Italy, based in Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy