Just a Mistake?

I discovered last week that some of my photographs are on sale on Artsper through the Galerie Nicolas Hugo. It happens, the secondary market is very large and it is not easy to monitor all my works around the world. But here, there is something strange...

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Massimo Vitali

A Vitali in my Kitchen

Why should it feel bizarre to see Massimo’s work in a domestic context?

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Photography?

This past Sunday I was part of a panel to discuss the general state of photography in Italy, organized by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs (MIBACT). A part of the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca, the event was the 19th and final MIBACT meeting to evaluate this supposed state. [...]
For me the biggest problem is that there is no understanding of where we started, and so we cannot find a common denominator between a photojournalist and a food photographer, a “fine art” (I hate that term) photographer and medical documentary photography. There is no in-depth knowledge, and so everything exists in a messy melting pot. In order to overcome these divisions in photography, we must first accept that these divisions do indeed exist.

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Massimo Vitali

Notturno

Analog? Digital? For a while now, I’ve been wondering about their differences. Last week I was talking about it with my friend Domingo Milella. He told me that it is not only a matter of image quality, texture, and detail, rather it is also about the act of taking a picture, it is about the way you see the world, the framing of your sight, the performance of the act of photographing.

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Marseille

"Marseille isn't a city for tourists. There's nothing to see. Its beauty can't be photographed. It can only be shared. It's a place where you have to take sides, be passionately for or against. Only then can you see what there is to see. And you realize, too late, that you're in the middle of a tragedy. An ancient tragedy in which the hero is death. In Marseille, even to lose you have to know how to fight."
Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Chaos.

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An Open Window

Leon Battista Alberti, the theorist of perspective, in his book De pictura talked about the way he painted. The theory of perspective was the first step in the long path that led to the invention of photography. In the quote and the note that follow, we can see a parallel with Massimo Vitali’s work. His different large format cameras are open windows to the world he chooses to capture. His shoots present realities in which bodies are sometimes cropped or repeated (as in the diptychs). Stories happen; characters show themselves to the spectator who is free to imagine relationship between them.

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