Ten Artists on the Beach
Property from a Private Collection, Miami
Each 74 x 91 (188 x 231.1 cm)
Overall 148 x 182 in. (375.9 x 462.3 cm)
From the Catalogue:
"My photography comes from absolute matter-of-fact situations, but also from a deep curiosity that I possess for people, for what they do and how they think." -Massimo Vitali
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: Signed on a label accompanying the work.
Steidl, Massimo Vitali: Landscape with Figures, 2004, p. 131
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