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Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy, in 1944.

He moved to London after high school, where he studied Photography at the London College of Printing.

In the early Sixties he started working as a photojournalist, collaborating with many magazines and agencies in Italy and in Europe. It was during this time that he met Simon Guttmann, the founder of the agency Report, who was to become fundamental in Massimo's growth as a "Concerned Photographer".

At the beginning of the Eighties a growing mistrust in the belief that photography had an absolute capacity to reproduce the subtleties of reality led to a change in his career path. He began working as a cinematographer for television and cinema. However, his relationship with the still camera never ceased, and he eventually turned his attention back to"photography as a means for artistic research".

His series of Italian beach panoramas began in the light of drastic political changes in Italy. Massimo started to observe his fellow countrymen very carefully. He depicted a "sanitized, complacent view of Italian normalities", at the same time revealing "the inner conditions and disturbances of normality: its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism".1

Over the past 12 years he has developed a new approach to portraying the world, illuminating the apotheosis of the Herd, expressing and commenting through the most intriguing, palpable forms of contemporary art - Photography.

In 1995 he commenced the Beach Series.

He lives and works in Lucca, Italy, and in Berlin, Germany.

1995 Begins the Beaches Series
1993 Starts working on large format photography
1989 Director of Photography in Fiction and Advertising Films
1979 Free-lance Photojournalist
1964 London College of Printing, England
1961 Liceo, Milano, Italy
1944 Born in Como

1 October Magazine 2006, no.117, p.90.
How to Make Analogies in a Digital Age, by Whitney Davis

Massimo Vitali

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Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography in Context, 1950s - Present. Edited by Maria Antonella Pelizzari
Photographs Not Taken. Edited by Will Steacy
Ibiza Mon Amour. Yves Michaud


The New York Times Magazine Photographs. Edited by Kathy Ryan
New York. A Photographer's City. Edited by Marla Hamburg Kennedy
Natural Habitats. Massimo Vitali. Text by Whitney Davis
Photography and Italy. Maria Antonella Pelizzari


Wolfgangsee. Marie-Theres Arnbom.
Il Paesaggio Italiano in Fotografia, 1950-2000. Walter Liva.
Attribute. Masahiko Sato.
La Misura dello Spazio. Fotografia e architettura: conversazioni con i protagonisti. Maria Letizia Gagliardi.
Tempo di Epson. Il Calendario Epson dal 2001 al 2010: dieci anni di grande fotografia italiana.
FOAM Album 09. FOAM Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam.
2010 Collection Highlights. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.


Photo Box: Bringing the Great Photographers into Focus. Forward by Roberto Koch. p. 398
Edizione 2009. Premio Terna per l'arte contemporanea.
Fotografia e Committenza Pubblica. Esperienze Storiche e Contemporanee edited by Robert Valtorta
Past Present Future. Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection
Photowisdom. Master Photographers on Their Art edited by Lewis Blackwell
Kaléidoscope d'Italie Centro National de l'Audiovisuel, Dudelange (Luxembourg)
Mi Vida From Heaven to Hell. Life Experiences in Art From MUSAC Collection
Massimo Vitali pp162-165
NatureNation On the Seam, a Socio-political Contemporary Art Museum, Jerusalem
La Collezione Centro per L'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
Collection agnes b Edited by agnes b


Premio Terna per l'Arte Contemporanea Edited by Gianluca Marziani and Francesco Cascino
Fotografias de Benicassim - El Festival. Curated by Nacho Santos Cidras and Rafael Doctor Roncero Barcelona (Spain)
Methamorphosis - Il volto cangevole di Courmayeur in 30 fotografie Exhibition Catalogue,
Museo Transfrontaliero del Monte Bianco, Aosta (Italy)


Pulse Miami contemporary Art Fair, catalogue cover, December 2007, New York (USA)
Paris en couleurs, de 1907 a' nos jours Exhibition Catalogue, Text by Virgine Chardin, Seuil (France)
Horror Vacui, text by Margit Zuckriegl in Eikon nr.60, Wien (Austria)
Les Cahiers, Agence Régionale du patrimoine Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille (France)
Atlante Italiano 007: Rischio Paesaggio curated by Francesca Fabiani, Electa, Roma (Italy)
Foto. Kunst - Kunst der Gegenwart, Essl Museum, catalogue exhibition, Wien (Austria)
Disco to Disco, essay by Giovanna Calvenzi Exhibition Catalogue, Charta, Milano (Italy)
Volumen II de la coleccion MUSAC, Leon (Spain) Exhibition Catalogue, Charta, Milano (Italy)
Existencias, from 21/09/2007 to 06/01/08, Exhibition Catalogue, Musac, Leon, (Spain)
Italia, le grandi fotografie della nostra storia 1945-2005, 1971-1972, a cura di Franca de Bartolomeis, Hachette- Contrasto (Italy)
Off-Time Fotografische Positionen zur Freizeit und Eventkultur, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrcken (Germany)
The Genius of Photography: How Photography has Changed our Lives by Gerry Badger, Quadrille Publishing
Collection publique d'art contemporain du Conseil général de la Seine- Saint- Denis- acquisition
1998-2005, Bobigny Cedex (France)
The UBS Art Collection-Photography,Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern (Germany)


The Drawbridge, ed. 2, 2006 (UK)
Massimo Vitali in: "So now then", edited by Christopher Coppock & Paul Seawright, Fotogallery Wales Limited, 2006 (UK)
Massimo Vitali in: ñ shots, Madrid (Spain)
Divertirsi in: Gulliver, May 2006 (Italy)
Monuments & Paysages, Provence, Alpes, Cote, D’azur, Actes Sud, July 2006 (France)
Photomeetings Luxembourg, 19-24 June 2006, cat. mostra, July 2006 (Luxembourg)
Eine Bhne fr die Bilder, Michaela Knapp, Bhne, July-August 2006 (Germany)
Novecento-la necessit� della fotografia,cat. mostra a cura di Marco Delogu, Zoneattive, Roma (Italy).
Suoni e Visioni, cat. mostra, Roma, July-August 2006 (Italy)
Vanishing Acts. Newsweek 04/10/06, New York 2006 (USA)
Italia 1946-2006-dalla Ricostruzione al Nuovo Millennio, cat. mostra a cura di Walter Liva,
Lithostampa, Pasian di Prato, Udine (Italy)
Monat Der Fotografie, Wien, 2006, Fotohof Edition 2006, Wien (Austria)
M di Mare, Fabj Basaglia, cat. mostra, Oct 2006 (Italy)
Contemporanei, Conversazioni d'artista, di Paolo Vagheggi, Skira, Dec 2006 (Italy)
L’Aventure de la Photo Contemporaine �" de 1945 � nos jours, Louis Mesplé, Editions du Chêne,
Paris, 2006 (France)
Paesaggi Italiani, Diego Mormorio, Federico Motta Editore, Milano, 2006 (Italy)
Modern photographs - the Machine, the Body and the City-selections from Charles Cowles Collection, Andy Grundberg, Miami Art Museum, Miami, 2006 (USA)


Nexus 35, Hivern 2005-2006, Barcelona 2005 (Spain)
Agua/Water, catalogo 3rd Biennale di Valencia, ed.Fundacion Bienal de Las Artes, Valencia 2005 (Spain)
Images d'un territoire, Centre Mediterranèen de la Photographie, ed. Albiana,Bastia - Corsica 2005 (France)
Mediterranea, a cura di Clara Gelao, cat.mostra Pinacoteca Bari, Federico Motta Editore, Milano 2005 (France)
La Dolce Crisi, catalogo ita/eng, Villa Manin, Udine 2005 (Italy)
L'Art du XX Siécle,Daniel Soutif and others, Citadelles et Mazenod, Paris 2005 (France)
6° Premio Cairo, (allegato ad Arte n°386 Ottobre) Giorgio Mondadori Editore, Milano 2005 (France)
Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent, Editions du Chene, Hachette - Livre 2005 (France)
Il Paesaggio Italiano Contemporaneo, Catalogo della mostra, Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio 2005 (France)
Next Level Magazine ed. 02 / volume 03 (UK)
Sguardo Sul Mondo, in Bauen + Wohnen, Werk ed.6, 2005 (Italy/Germany)


Storia d’Italia. Annali 20. L’immagine fotografica 1945-2000, Giluio Einaudi editore, Torino 2004 (Italy)
Massimo Vitali, catalog, exposition 9 oct.- 28 nov, P.M.M.K., Oostende, 2004 (Belgium)
Massimo Vitali, catalog, exposition at Guidi&Schoen gallery, November 2004 (Italy)
Calendar COOP 2005, photos for the months: June, April, November, 2004 (Italy)
Ten years, 1994-2004, Arndt & Partner, Berlin 2004 (Germany)
Massimo Vitali, photographer, catalogue Ita/Eng, Pecci Museum 2 July - 3 October, Prato 2004 (Italy)
Massimo Vitali. Landscape with figures, Steidl, Goettingen 2004 (Germany)
Italia. Doppie Visioni, catalog, exposition Roma "Scuderie del Quirinale" Contrasto, Verona 2004 (Italy)


Visuelle Kultur, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, Böhlau Verlag, Wien 2003 (Austria)
Modena per la fotografia, l’Idea di Paesaggio nella Fotografia Italiana dal 1850 ad Oggi, Catalogue of the Exposition, 23 Nov 2003 - 25 Jan 2004, Galleria Civica di Modena, Silvana Editoriale, Modena 2003 (Italy)
Viareggio, Idea books, Milano 2003 (Italy)
Proof of Principle, AkzoNobel art foundation, 2003 (NL)
Das Lexikon der Fotografen - 1900 bis heute, ed. Hans-Michael Koetzle, Knaur 2003 (Germany)
Italia - Ritratto di un Paese in Sessant’anni di Fotografia, Contrasto, Verona 2003 (Italy)
Triennial for Contemporary Art by the Sea, Beaufort 2003 (USA)
a montagna disincantata, Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta 2003 (Italy)
Painting Pictures: Painting and media in the digital age, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Kerber 2003 (Germany)
Melting Pop, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Silvana Editoriale, Milano 2003 (Italy)
Une culture d’entreprise, Musée des tapisseries, exposition 8 March - 19 May, Aix en Provence, 2003 (France)
FRAC Alsace Acquisitions 1996/2002, 2003 (France)
Edicion Especial Faro de Vigo, Agrupémonos Todos,cat. mostra, 2003, MARCO, Vigo and ARTIUM de ALAVA (Spain)


Da Cima a Fondo, Arte contemporanea e montagna, Tour fromage, Aosta 2002 (Italy)
Een Collectie - A Collection. Selected works, ABN AMRO Bank, 2002 (NL)
Camere con Vista, Edizioni Marcovaldo, 2002 (Italy)
La Photographie contemporaine, Michel Poivert, Flammarion, Paris 2002 (France)
Cache-Cache, Camouflage, MU-DAC, Lausanne, 2002 (Switzerland)
Continuit� : Arte in Toscana 1968-1989, Maschietto Editore, Firenze 2002 (Italy)


Mediterraneo um nuovo muro?, Culturgest, Lisboa 2001 (Portugal)
Swimming pools, book, Steidl, Goettingen, 2001 (Germany)
The Beach, Windsor, Florida 2001 (USA)
Trade: commodities, communication and consciousness, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Scalo 2001 (Switzerland)
La Biennale di Venezia, 49th Esposizione internazionale d’arte, Electa, 2001 (Italy)
Biozones, Forum Culturel de Blanc-Mesnil, CD-Rom, January - May 2001 (France)
Mutamenti+Analogie, Kulturzentrum Trevi, Bolzano 2001 (Italy)


Tempo!, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, July - October 2000 (Italy)
Art I Temps, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, December 2000 (Spain)
Pique-Nique, Binome, Paris, October 2000 (France)
Desirs de rivages, Musee national de la Marine, 2000 (France)
Firenze Fotografia Duemila, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Polistampa, Firenze 2000 (Italy)
Dormir/Sleep, Coromandel Press, October 2000 (France)
La collection de photographie d’agnès b., Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, 2000 (France)
Les plages du Var. Les pieds dans l’eau, Toulon, 2000 (France)
Dancing-through time, ed. Cantoni Merlo, Federico Motta Editore, 2000 (Italy)
No Confines, Grafiche Damiani, 2000 (Italy)


Beach & Disco, Steidl Verlag, Goettingen 1999 (Germany)
Paesaggi Italiani del ‘900, Federico Motta Editore, 1999 (Italy)
In uso, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, 1999 (Italy)
Farniente, Maison de la Culture, Amiens, 1999 (France)
Avoir 30 ans, chroniques arlesiennes, Actes Sud, Arles 1999 (France)
Photography from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection, The Art Museum at Florida, International University Press, 1999 (USA)
Volare - L'icona italiana nella cultura globale, 1999 (Italy)


Paisagens do quotidiano, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, 1998 (Portugal)
Il lago - Fotografie del Garda dal 1858 ad oggi, 1998 (Italy)
Un nouveau paysage humain, catalogo, Rencontres internationales de la Photographie, Arles, 1998 (France)
Il '68 e Milano, Milano 1998 (Italy)
PhotoEspana 98, Madrid 1998 (Italy)
Paesaggi italiani - Fotografie dall’Italia contemporanea, Bassilichi, Firenze, 1998 (Italy)
Gli anni ribelli, ed. Tano d’Amico, Editori Riuniti, 1998 (Italy)


Un paese unico: Italia, fotografie, Museo Alinari, catalogo, Firenze, 1997 (Italy)
Europa, Encontros de fotografia, catalogo, Coimbra, 1997 (Spain)
Sguardi gardesani (con Gabriele Basilico), catalogo, Museo Civico, Riva Del Garda, 1997 (Italy)


Spiagge italiane, Galleria ConsArc, Chiasso, 1995 (Switzerland)


Mediterranea. 5th Biennale di fotografia, catalogo, Mar.Co. edizioni, Torino, 1993 (Italy)


L’occhio di Milano. 48 fotografi 1945/1977, catalogo, Milano, 1977 (Italy)