Massimo Vitali (b. Como, Italy in 1944) is an Italian photographer based in Lucca.
Vitali studied photography at the London College of Printing. He initially worked as a photojournalist for the Report Agency in the 1970s, and later as a movie camera operator.
His works is presented in the world's major museums, including the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the Museo Luigi Pecci in Prato.
Massimo Vitali first began taking pictures of crowds in 1994 and ever since has traveled the world documenting how and where people gather: picnickers in the Luxembourg Gardens, spectators at an air show in Viareggio, tourists massed on the Piazza San Marco. From historic piazzas to local swimming holes, photographer Massimo Vitali has long used his camera as a tool for social research - studying what happens when people come together in public places. Working with large format cameras since 1993, Vitali observes his his subjects from a distance, capturing their unguarded interactions with their environment and one another in extraordinary detail.
The results of his globe-trotting projects have been exhibited worldwide and showcased in the books 'Landscape and Figures' and 'Natural Habitats'.