Beach & Disco, Pt. 2

The more we interrogate the image as our eye is drawn closer by the hallucinatory wealth of detail, the more the semiotic activity of metaphor and metonymy undermines the obviousness of documentary, leaving a productive ambivalence.

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Jon Bird

Beach & Disco, Pt. 1

The liminal connects with the carnivalesque in the suspension or inversion of normative behavior and social relations.

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Jon Bird

Beached: Massimo Vitali’s Imposing Sandscapes

When somebody asks me where a picture was taken, for me it’s just a disaster. It’s defeat. Because the pictures are not about the place.

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David Paw

Massimo Vitali: Life’s a Beach

The difference between my picture and somebody else’s pictures is in their making. It is documentary photography, but it is also art and my real artistic contribution is the performative act of making the picture.

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George Upton

Natural Habitats

In the human communities photographed by Massimo Vitali there are specific kinds of modern (even definably Mediterranean or American) social habits to be observed in some of their characteristic configurations.

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Whitney Davis