Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy, in 1944.
He studied photography at at 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 subleties of reality led to a change in his carrer 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 beaches 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 comestic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism"..
How to Make Analogies in a Digital Age*
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