Massimo Vitali

MassimoVitali

A virtual conversation between Gabriele Basilico, Vincenzo Castella, and Massimo Vitali, coordinated by Angela Madesani.

A.M. Are there other aspects of yourwork?
M.V. In fact, being an ethnologist I study human society. I am interested in observation and voyeurism. I am fascinated by the functioning of life, by social dynamics, by spaces and interactions: all the minimal things that don’t interest anybody. In this sense, photography becomes secondary because I think about and create plots: this is my work. For me photography is a way of standing and looking at people.

A.M. Talking about which: what are “Natural Habitats”?
M.V. On beaches certain interactions are more exposed, easier to see, to grasp.

A.M. Is the fact that you have shot photographs because in those places and in those moments some particular happens?
M.V. On beaches certain interactions are more exposed, easier to see, to grasp.

A.M. They create small stories.
M.V. Yes, but they mustn’t become too important. At times I also need extras, walk-on parts. […] I begin with a stage set. I search carefully for theatres that work and I adopt them. I never arrive at what I photograph by chance but through hints and study. I move for various days around the places that interest me so that the theatres I am looking form themselves in front of the lens. I establish the place first and also the position of the camera. These elements are unchangeable; they are the basis of the work. The rest I decide on later. I want the photos to be normal. There is never a particular angle for the shot.
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Available works


  • Krka waterfall pink #3946, 2010

    c-print diasec on dibond
    180 x 220 cm


  • Firiplaka red yellow dyptych #4550-51, 2011

    diptych
    c -print on Dibond diasec
    180 x 440 cm


  • Gulpiyuri #4473, 2011

    c-print diasec on Dibond
    180 x 220 cm


  • Greece new diptych, 2013

    large: Lightjet print from original digital file (stitched) on photographic paper
    182 x 231 cm
    small: lightjet print from digital file
    40 x 60 cm


  • Malbacco, 2014

    Lightjet print from original digital file (stitched) on photographic paper, Diasec mount with wooden frame
    180 x 296 cm


  • Cala Mariolu - Coda, 2014

    lightjet print from negative scan on photographic paper. Diasec mount with wooden frame
    180x220 cm


  • Piscinao De Ramos, 2012

    lightjet print from negative scan on photographic paper, Diasec mount with wooden frame
    227 x 180 cm each


  • Leicois Laguna de Peixe, 2012

    lightjet print from negative scan on photographic paper, Diasec mount with wooden frame
    180x226 cm


  • Ceagesp Sao Paulo, 2012

    direct analog print in Diasec with wooden frame
    180 x 228 cm


  • Leicois Achrome, 2012

    lightjet print from negative scan on photographic paper, Diasec mount with wooden frame
    180x226 cm


  • Las Catedrals Waves, 2011

    direct analog print, Diasec mount with wooden frame
    180 x 300 cm

Installations