Reflections on Humanity - Massimo Vitali

Like Hiromi Tsuchida (see also my previous blog entree) Massimo Vitali (1944) captures crowd behavior on enormous color prints. In most cases it are crowds of people that are spending (or wasting) their time on beaches, in pools or at discotheques. The pictures question what we are thinking about our own group behavior, this is a consequence of the fact that the viewer is likely to transpose him/herself into being part of crowd on the picture and to oscillate between watching and being watched. This effect is supported by the large size and the incredible sharpness of the prints. (Massimo Vitali still uses a wooden Deardorff camera that uses 11x14 inch film.)

  Photo: by Massimo Vitali.

Photo: by Massimo Vitali.