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Massimo Vitali

Papeete Beach Regatta, c.2002

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Lot 30
Offset lithograph printed in colors on 300gsm Consort Royal paper
26.0 x 33.2 in (66.0 x 84.5 cm)
Edition of 120
Stamped with artist ink stamp and numbered on verso


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Shot in 2002 on the Adriatic coastline of northern Italy, “Papeete Beach Regatta” captures the activities of a densely populated beach with masterful precision, articulating a seamless union between human subject and geographical environment. As seen in this work, Italian photographer Massimo Vitali documents expansive, yet frenzied landscapes that are teeming with people, a visual realization that readily informs the titling of this series, “Landscapes with Figures." His exquisite panoramas are both formally stunning in their use of saturated color and conceptually charged in their engagement with leisure as a commercial phenomenon.

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About Massimo Vitali

Massimo Vitali (Italian, b. 1944) studied photography in London before becoming a photojournalist in the 1960s. His most well-known works are his series of large-format Italian beach panoramas. These painterly photographic tableaus are generally marked with saturated color and highly-studied camera placement as well as vertical height. He lives and works between Lucca, Italy, and Berlin, Germany.