Born in Como in 1944, Massimo Vitali studied photography at the London College of Printing in London. In the early 60s he started out as a photo journalist collaborating with numerous Italian and international magazines. An encounter with Simon Guttmann, founder of the Report agency was fundamental to his future as a reporter. At the end of the 70s, he devoted himself to cinema, without, however abandoning photography.
Today he is one of the most renowned Italian photographers internationally, he exhibits in major European shows, as well as the Biennale in Venice in 2001. Never before in his work has the sense of shared community been made so explicit. Ample space in which to identify stories which share the same social components. Vitali investigates public spaces, beaches, discotheques, and parks where the masses abandon normal behavioural codes of conduct to feel true freedom. Solitude in company expresses people’s attitudes, typical of our modern age, reflecting themes of silence/solitary community space.