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Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy, in 1944, and is currently based in Lucca, Italy, and in Berlin, Germany. Vitali studied photography at the London College of Printing and worked as a photojournalist in the 1970s before beginning a career as a movie camera operator in the 1980s. After returning to photography in the 1990s, Vitali began creating sociopolitical images that received widespread acclaim for their astonishing immediacy. In social places such as beaches and clubs around the globe, his panoramas illustrate the way that private lives socialize and entertain themselves in a communal and very public world. "Rena Majori" is an image that exemplifies this.


Massimo Vitali’s work has been collected in four books: Beach and Disco, Natural Habitats, Landscapes With Figures, and Landscapes With Figures 2. His photographs have been published in magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals around the world. Additionally, his work is represented in the world’s major museums, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.