Phonar: Task 5 – Step 3

For step 3 of task 5 of phonar I had to create an image in the style of Massimo Vitali that was informed by my research. The image I created can be found below with accompanying text as well as on my Instagram here.

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For the final task of #phonar2016 I had to create an image in the style of Massimo Vitali that was informed by my research. Vitali is an Italian photographer that is best know for his large-scale colour images of beaches and mass leisure events that are taken from a high viewpoint often on a large format camera. Early into his career he developed a mistrust towards documentary photography as it did not represent the complexities of reality and as a result this drew him away from photojournalism and towards a more conceptual way of working. Just like Martin Parr, Vitali is a chronicler of contemporary life. His panoramic views show people interacting with their environments and one another and because they are shot at a distance it lends a hint of voyeurism and detachment. In his ‘Beach Series’ he began to photograph people on Italian beaches from a high viewpoint to make a commentary on the sinister elements such as the ‘commodified leisure’ and ‘cosmetic fakery’ in modern society. Vitali achieves a balance between interpersonal narratives and the natural world. 

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Charlotte Pattinson

Photography student

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