Massimo Vitali was born in Como in 1944. He lives and works in Lucca, Italy and in Berlin, Germany. After finishing high school he moved to London where he studied photography at the London College of Printing. At the beginning of the 1960s he started working as a photojournalist and collaborated with various magazines and agencies in Italy and Europe. In this period, he met Simon Guttmann, the founder of the Report Agency and a decisive figure for his transformation into a ‘committed photographer’. In the early 1980s, he acknowledged that photography cannot reproduce the complexities of reality and this was a turning point in his career.