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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
BAM
Selected exhibitions
2020
Ordinary MagicBAM
Massimo Vitali: Costellazioni Umane (Human Constellations) at Ettore Fico Museum, TurinMazzoleni
2019
Civilization: The Way We Live NowUCCA
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Piscina das Mares Right, Portugal, 2016

Digital C-Print
71 1/2 × 95 1/2 in
181.6 × 242.6 cm
Edition 6
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€40,000
Location
New York
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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
BAM
Selected exhibitions (3)
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