Massimo Vitali

Massimo Vitali featured in The New York Times Magazine

Massimo Vitali first began taking pictures of crowds in 1994 and ever since has traveled the world documenting how and where people gather: picnickers in the Luxembourg Gardens, spectators at an air show in Viareggio, tourists massed on the Piazza San Marco. In the following pages, Vitali turns his camera on Brazil, moving, over the course of three weeks, from the urban density of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to the empty sands of Brazil’s northeast.

“We got there at 7:30,” Vitali recalls of a popular market in São Paulo, “and there was already an hour wait to get in.” It was less crowded in the dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses, where “they didn’t have a drop of rain, and so it was all white and only this one lagoon.” Itacoatiara, across the bay from Rio, offered another kind of respite — “This is an area of open ocean beaches, and it has drawn wealthy Rio residents for weekend homes.” Unexpectedly, the favelas in São Paulo and Rio only suggested the life inside. “The favela hasn’t got a real social gathering spot. You have tiny little staircases and little roads, and you never see anybody. It’s like a ghost town.”

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Massimo Vitali NYT magazine cover