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About the Artist

Born in Como, Italy. Massimo was gifted a camera at the age of twelve and quickly developed a passion for photography. He studied at the London College of Printing in the 1960’s, before a career in photojournalism followed by cinematography in film and television. It was not however until he concentrated fully on his personal projects (images of people enjoying themselves on a grand scale, shot on large format), that his work gained worldwide recognition. Massimo went on to be commissioned by major publications, his work is exhibited worldwide and is held in many private and public collections. He has three published monographs and his images are included in countless other photographic books and anthologies. After 20 years honing his craft he remains just as excited by the medium and the huge amount of detail he can get from it. Massimo divides his time between Lucca in Italy and Berlin, Germany.

Client List

  • Fontano Milano
  • Le Monde
  • National Geographic
  • New York Times Magazine
  • The Financial Times
  • The New Yorker
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Time Magazine
  • Vilebrequin
  • Visionaire

Books

Natural Habitats
Steidl Verlag
2011

In the first volume of Landscape with Figures published in 2004, Massimo Vitali showed his entire oeuvre from the nineties, broadening the scope of his survey of beaches and discos to include skiing resorts and swimming pools from across the globe. Since 2007 Vitali has modified his perspective, shifting between an architectural background and a volume Natural Habitats, comprises seventy photographs, spanning from 2004 to 2009 - also includes a “genealogical tree” of his photographs: 120 thumbnail images which make visual connections by color, composition and time.

Landscape With Figures
Steidl Verlag
2004

Massimo Vitali’s large-scale color images apply a topographical clarity and wealth of detail to the rites and rituals of modern leisure. With this volume, he enlarges the scope of his survey and includes beaches and discos from around the world, plus a couple of ski resorts and swimming pools thrown in for good fun.

Beach Disco
Steidl Verlag
2000

From atop a homemade platform 12 to 15 feet high, Massimo Vitali observed and photographed his Italian compatriots on the beach, in the disco, at airports and in shopping areas. In the process he created razor-sharp, detailed photos that consciously borrow from genre painting of the 19th century.

Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

2017
‘Disturbed Coastal Systems’
Benrubi GalleryNew York
2016
‘Landscapes with Figures’
Guido & Schoen Arte ContemponaniaGenoa
2016
‘Massimo Vitali’
Crown Gallery, Knokke-ZouteBelgium
2016
‘Massimo Vitali’
Ronchini GalleryLondon
2015
‘New Prints’
Hilger NextVienna
2014
‘Massimo Vitali’
Studio La CittaVerona, Italy
2014
‘Into The White’
Erich Lindenberg Art FoundationPorza, Switzerland
2014
‘Sempre più pallide. Towards Achrome’
Palazzo TadeaSpilimbergo
2013
‘Between Normalities’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York
2012
‘Fotografia Europea’
Reggio EmiliaItaly
2012
‘PhotoMed’
Sanary Sur MerFrance
2011
‘Arcadian Remains’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York, USA
2011
‘Massimo Vitali’
Brancolini GrimaldiFlorence, Italy & London, UK
2011
‘Massimo Vitali’
Baro GaleriaSao Paulo, Brazil
2011
‘Massimo Vital, Natural Habitats LOOK 3’
Festival of the PhotographersCharlottesville, USA
2010
‘A Touch of Summer’
Galerie Ernst Hilger at Brot KunsthalleVienna, Austria
2010
‘Massimo Vitali’
M&B GalleryLos Angeles, USA
2010
‘In/Out’
Centro de Arte Santa MonicaBarcelona, Spain
2009
‘Massimo Vitali: Landscape with Figures 2’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York, USA
2009
‘Human Landscapes’
Dogenhaus Galerie’Leipzig, Germany
2009
‘Disturbances of Reality
Hilger ContemporaryVienna, Austria
2009
‘Massimo Vitali’
FOAM MuseumAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2009
‘Vintage Green’
Core ClubNew York, USA
2008
‘Massimo Vitali’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York
2008
‘Massimo Vitali with Mike Figgis: Piazza di Spagna’
Somerset HouseLondon
2008
‘Massimo Vitali’
Galeria SendaBarcelona, Spain
2008
‘New Photographs: Massimo Vitali’
Crown GalleryBrussels, Belgium
2008
‘Massimo Vitali’
M&B Fine ArtLos Angeles, USA
2007
‘Vistas: Massimo Vitali’
ArtCore GalleryToronto, Canada
2007
‘Massimo Vitali
Jackson Fine ArtAtlanta, USA
2007
‘Old Concepts, New Works’
The ColumnsSeoul, South Korea
2006
‘Massimo Vitali: New Work’
MBFALos Angeles
2006
‘Massimo Vitali’
Hilger ContemporaryVienna, Austria
2006
‘Massimo Vitali’
M&BLos Angeles, USA
2006
‘A New Series of American Beaches’
Brancolini Grimaldi Art ContemporaneaRome, Italy
2006
‘Playa, Discotecas y Supermercados’
Galeria Senda Barcelona, Spain
2006
Rencontres Internationales de la Photo
Arles, France
2005
‘Massimo Vitali: New Work’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York
2005
‘Fotografien 1995 - 2005: Vitali’
Lentos KuntsmuseumLinz, Austria
2005
‘Massimo Vitali’
La FabricaMadrid, Spain
2004
‘Massimo Vitali’
Aula de Cultura BBKBilbao, Spain
2004
‘Massimo Vitali’
Centro per L’Arte Contemporanea Luigi PeccaPrato, Italy
2004
‘Massimo Vitali’
Galerie HilgerVienna, Austria
2004
‘Landscape with Figures’
Bonni Benrubi GalleryNew York
2004
‘In Light’
MB Fine ArtLos Angeles, USA
2003
‘La Cour d’Ecole’
Cinametique de CorsePorto Vecchio, Italy
2003
‘La Cour d’Ecole’
Cite Pietramarina, Ville di PietrabugnoFrance
2002
‘Public Places Public Lives’
The Photographers GalleryLondon
2001
‘La Cour d’Ecole’
Centre Cultural Una VoltaBastia, Corsica
1999
Rencontres Internationales de La Photo
Arles, France
1995
‘Spiagge Italiane’
Galerie ConsArcChiasso, Switzerland
1994
‘East German Panoramas’
Historisches Archiv der StadtKoeln, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
La Sono Persona
Centro Internazionale di FotografiaPalermo, Italy
2017
‘Contemporary Life’
Guidi Schoen ContemporeneaGeneva, Italy
2017
‘Domenica’
Marcello Farabegoli Projects @ The Italian EmbassyMetternich Palace, Vienna
2017
‘Due South’
The Delaware ContemporaryDelaware, USA
2016
‘Panorama’
Musée d’Art de la Province d’HainautCharleroi, Belgium
2016
‘Extraordinary Visions’
L’Italiaci Guarda, MAXXIRome, Italy
2015
‘Com’è Viva la Città 1913-2014’
Villa Omo e ComoComo, Italy
2015
‘Antropia’
Eduardo Secci ContemporaryFirenzi, Italy
2015
‘Photo London’
Somerset HouseLondon
2014
‘Miami Projects’
Benrubi GalleryMiami, Florida, USA
2014
‘Paris Photo’
Grand Palais (Benrubi Gallery)Paris, France
2014
‘De Rerum Natura’
Studio La CityVerona, Italy
2013
‘Birds Eye View’
Westport Arts CenterWestport, USA
2013
Looking to Learn/ Learning to Look’
25 Years of Galleria ClairefontaineLuxembourg
2012
‘L’insouciance’
La Maison GuerlainParis, France
2012
‘Summer Show’
Bracolini GrimaldiLondon, UK
2012
‘Add Anni ’70 Arte A Milano 1969-1980
Palazzo RealeMilan, Italy
2012
‘The Deep Element: Photography at The Beach’
Corcoran Gallery of ArtWashington, USA
2012
‘Shared Spaces’
Photo Espana, Royal Botanical GardensMadrid, Spain
2011
‘Panorama Sur Les 20 ans d’une Collection Centre Mediterranean de la Photographie’
Corsica, France
2010
‘Il Paesaggio Italiano in Fotografia, 1950-2000’
CRAFPordenone, Italy
2010
‘Human Rites’
Bass MuseumFlorida, USA
2010
‘The Definition of Self’
Design SightTokyo, Japan
2009
‘Kalidoscope d’Italie’
Centre National de l’Audiovisual’Luxembourg
2009
‘Italian Genius Now’
Museo D’Arte ContemporaneaRome, Italy
2009
‘Nature Nation’
Museum of the SeamJerusalem, Israel
2008
‘The Good Life’
Yancey Richardson GalleryNew York, USA
2008
‘Human/Nature: Recent European Photography
Nelson-Atkins MuseumKansas City, USA
2007
‘Summer’
Neuhoff Edelman GalleryNew York, USA
2007
‘The Painters of Modern Day Life’
Centre Georges PompidouParis, France
2006
‘Aura of The Photograph’
The Samuel P Harn Museum of Art, University of FloridaGainsville, Florida, USA
2006
‘London UBS Collection’
Tate ModernLondon, UK
2006
‘The Age of Metamorphosis, European Art Highlights’
Centro PecciPrato, Italy
2006
‘Image d’un Territoire’
Centre Cultural Français des DamasSyria
2006
‘Different Realities’
Crown GalleryBrussels, Belgium
2006
‘Image d’un Territoire’
Les Chateau d’eau ToulouseFrance
2005
‘Europe in Art’
National Museum of Contemporary ArtBuccarest, Romania
2005
‘Come la Neve al Mare’
Guidi & SchoenGenova, Italy
2003
‘Vacant Communities’
Fondazione Adriano OlivettiRome, Italy
2003
‘L’idea di Paesaggio Nella Fotografia Italiana dal 1850’
Galleria CivicaModena, Italy
2003
‘Melting Pop’
Palazzo delle Papesse Centro d’Arte ContemporaneaSiena, Italy
2003
‘Painting Pictures’
Kunstmuseum WolfsburgGermany