Steidl is committed to publishing the ongoing life’s work of Massimo Vitali, and Entering a New World, collecting images from 2009 to 2018, is the newest book in this series. Following the first two now out-of-print volumes published together as Landscape with Figures / Natural Habitats, 1994-2009 in 2011, this book presents Vitali’s large-scale color images of humans interacting en masse-both consciously and unconsciously-with their environments. Whether relaxing beachside, exploring the ruins of the Roman Forum or navigating a crowded shopping promenade, Vitali’s pictures are topographical celebrations and subtle critiques of our changing habits of leisure. Entering a New World furthermore traces an important shift in Vitali’s practice: his move from large-format film to medium-format digital.
Photography is like a river with a thousand streams that never converge.