(1944 - Present)

Massimo Vitali's 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."



Born in Como, Italy


Studied photography at the London College of Printing, London, UK


Was a freelance photojournalist


Was Director of Photography in Advertising and Fiction Films


Started to work on large format photography


Began the Beach Series




L'Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez présente Rêves de Venise, Bordeaux, France


Massimo Vitali, Arcadian Remains, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, USA (solo) 

Massimo Vitali: New Works, Brancolini Grimaldi, London, UK (solo) 

A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografia - M & D ARTE, Gorgonzola 

By The Sea - Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY 

Sense of Place - European Landscape Photography - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels 

Segment #2 - Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul 

Extraordinary Photographs Iii - Rosier Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography, 1950s-Present - Leubsdorf Art Gallery - Hunter College, New York City, NY 

Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordnungen - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main


FOTOGRAFIA ITALIANA: 8 film per 8 fotografi, Auditorium del MAXXI, Rome, Italy 

An Italian perpective, curated by Angela Madesani, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy 

The Armory Show 2011 - Galería SENDA, Barcelona 

An Italian perspective. Ma lo sguardo vede? - Studio La Città, Verona


Massimo Vitali - M+B, Los Angeles, CA 

Massimo Vitali - A Touch Of Summer - HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna 

Massimo Vitali - Galeria Maior - Palma de Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca 

Art Now - The Columns, Seoul 

Medianoche en la Ciudad - Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida 

Human Territories Part 2 - Crown Gallery, Brussels


Massimo Vitali – disturbances of reality - hilger contemporary, Vienna 

Massimo Vitali - Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam


Massimo Vitali - galeria SENDA-espai 2NOU2, Barcelona 

Massimo Vitali - Galería SENDA, Barcelona 

Massimo Vitali - New Works - Crown Gallery, Brussels 

Massimo Vitali - M+B, Los Angeles, CA 

Massimo Vitali - - Galerie Hafenrichter & Flügel


Massimo Vitali - - Artcore Gallery, Toronto, ON 

Massimo Vitali - Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


Massimo Vitali - Old Concepts, New Works - The Columns, Seoul 

Massimo Vitali - hilger contemporary, Vienna 

Massimo Vitali - M+B, Los Angeles, CA 

American Beaches - Massimo Vitali - Brancolini Grimaldi - Florence, Florence 

American Beaches - Brancolini Grimaldi - London, London (England) 

Massimo Vitali: Playas, discotecas y supermercados - galeria SENDA-espai 2NOU2, Barcelona 

Massimo Vitali - Playas, discotecas y supermercados - Galería SENDA, Barcelona 

Massimo Vitali - Crown Gallery, Brussels


Massimo Vitali - Fotografien 1995 - 2005 - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz 

Massimo Vitali - La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid


Massimo Vitali - Fotografie - Guidi&Schoen - Arte Contemporanea, Genoa 

Massimo Vitali - Mu.ZEE, Oostende 

Massimo Vitali - hilger contemporary, Vienna 

Massimo Vitali - Hilger modern, Vienna 

Massimo Vitali - Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, PO 

Massimo Vitali - Crown Gallery, Brussels


Massimo Vitali - Galleria Cons Arc, Chiasso


Camere con vista, Il Filatoio di Caraglio, Italy 

Continuità: Arte in Toscana 1968-1989, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, Italy 

Cache-Cache, Camouflage, MUDAC Musée de Design et d’Arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland 

Trade, Nederlands Foto Institut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

The Photographers’ Gallery Print Room, UK (solo) 

Forum Culturel Blanc-Mesnil, Biozones, Bobigny, France


Massimo Vitali - Neue Arbeiten - ARNDT, Berlin 

Massimo Vitali - All too Human - ARNDT, Berli


Beach & Disco - Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg 

Massimo Vitali - Studio Guenzani, Milan


Galerie du Jour Agnès B, Paris, France (solo) 

Le Quartz, Brest, France (solo) 

In Uso, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Paesaggi Italiani del ‘900, Palazzo dell’Arengario, Milan, Italy 

Photography from the Martin z. Margulies Collection, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, USA 

The Big Picture: Large Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, USA


Recontres Internationales de la Photo, Arles, France (solo) 

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA (solo) 

Atheneum, Université de la Bourgogne, Dijon, France (solo) 

España 98, Madrid, Spain 

Italian Photojournalism around 1968, Triennale, Milan, Italy 

Paesaggi Italiani, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy


Photographer's Gallery, London, UK (solo) 

Studio Guenzini, Milan, Italy (solo) 

Un Paese Unico, Museo Alinari, Florence, Italy 

Europa, Encontros de fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal 

Postwar Italian Photojournalism, Villa Bottini, Lucca, Italy 

Sguardigardesani, with Gabriele Basilico, Museo Civico, Riva del Garda, Italy


Galleria ConsArc, Spiagge Italiane, Chiasso, Switzerland (solo)


Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, East German Panoramas, Cologne, Germany (solo)


Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Turin, Italy (solo)