Mazzoleni is pleased to announce the exhibition Massimo Vitali Short Stories curated by Mirta d’Argenzio, which will open to the public on the 12 April and continue until the 24 May 2019. This is the first time that Mazzoleni will present a solo fine art photography exhibition at their London gallery. Short Stories will display images collected in a new book of the same name, produced by Steidl Verlag publishing. Twelve of Vitali's most outstanding photographs from different series will be presented, where each singular image depicts a significant moment for Vitali–the artist’s ‘short stories’ of a long and distinguished career.
Vitali is internationally renowned for his large-scale colour images of beaches and mass leisure events. His distinctive panoramic views show people interacting with their environments and one another. His sweeping panoramas, crowded plazas, even discotheques, examine and elucidate the masses at leisure.
In the early 1960s, Vitali worked as a photojournalist, collaborating with many magazines and agencies in Italy and in Europe. By the 1980s, he changed career path and worked as a cinematographer. However, his relationship with the still photography camera never ceased, and he eventually turned his attention back to photography. By 1993, Massimo Vitali immersed himself within a fine art photography practice and started to use large format film cameras to photograph Italy’s sunny beaches to intently observe the inner and exterior lives of the nation’s people. In addition to his personal research, he has also produced commissioned editorial work for leading periodicals such as M Magazine Le Monde, The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine and The New Yorker.
The selection of twelve works for Short Stories was decided following many conversations with curators and collaborators who profoundly know his photography. The carefully curated selection reflects his particular style of artistic research over more than 25 years of working in large format film photography and recently also in middle format digital. The different images unfold in a changing world, capturing the landscapes depicted and the human interaction within.
Massimo Vitali's work is presented in several museums including, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, MUSAC, Castilla y León, Spain, the Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA, Fond National Art Contemporaine, the Centre Pompidou, the Centre National des Arts Plastique, the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France and the Museo Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, and Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark. His work can be found within the collections of Volkswagen, Elton John, Cisneros, Cameron Diaz, UBS and J. Walter Thompson.
Press release courtesy Mazzoleni.
His new series, 'Short Stories', features plenty of beach scenes, often shot in his native Italy. Born in Como in 1944, Vitali studied photography at the London College of Printing and worked as a photojournalist in the 1960s and 70s before becoming a cinematographer for TV and film in the early 1980s.