b. 1985 – Massimo Branca is an independent documentary photographer.

He graduated in Anthropology with a dissertation on the application of photography in social sciences and cultural investigation. He studied also Classical Piano, Visual Arts and Statistics. 

In 2009 he co-founded Collettivo Fotosocial, Italian association that uses visual storytelling to spread awareness of human condition and produce positive social change. Since 2011 he collaborates with IRFOSS (Institute of Research in Social Sciences) as teacher and photographer.

In 2013 he started working on a long-term research project about underground life in Bucharest: since then he has been living in a surreal environment, observing, experiencing and documenting the effects of social exclusion.

His interests mainly focus on cultural flows and their consequences on contemporary human existence. Photography is a medium to connect people and give the audience a chance to engage meaningfully.

2017 – Prix de public Nuit de la photo, Winner
2016 – Kaunas Festival Best Portfolio, Winner
2016 – Lumix Hannover Festival Public Choice, Winner
2016 – Gomma Photography Grant, Second Place
2015 – Lucie Emerging Scholarship, Shortlisted
2015 – selected by Getty Reportage Emerging Talents
2015 – Magnum Photos / IdeasTap: 30 Under 30s, Winner
2014 – Photocrati Fund for Humanitarian Photography, Top Finalist
2014 – Int’l Photography Awards: deeper perspective, Honorable Mention

2017 – FotoHaus Paris/Berlin, Arles (France)
2017 – Freundeskreis Willy Brandt-Haus, Berlin (Germany)
2017 – Nuit de la photo, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
2016 – Antiruggine, Castelfranco Veneto (Italy)
2016 – Bushwick Community Darkroom, New York (USA)
2016 – Kaunas Festival, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2016 – Les ateliers de Couthures (France)
2016 – Lumix Festival, Hannover
2016 – Social PhotoFest, Perugia
2015 – OrganVida Festival, Zagreb
2015 – Photography Show, Birmingham
2015 – Museo di Scienze Naturali e Archeologia, Montebelluna
2014 – Ritmi e Danze dal Mondo, Giavera del Montello
2013 – Biblioteca Sala Borsa, Bologna
2012 – Galleria della Stua, Padova

University of Brighton, 2016
Perugia Social Photo Fest, 2016
OrganVida Festival | Zagreb, 2015
Isolab | Venezia, 2015.
Sherwood Festival | Padova, 2014
Utopya Fotografia | Abano Terme, 2014


“One Girl’s Tunnel Life: Under the Streets of Bucharest ” – National Geographic
“Her large, black eyes seemed to become more mysterious the longer I looked at them,” he said. “It took me a lot to understand just how much she had been through in her short life.”

“Pictures We Love: Gazes That Draw Us In” – National Geographic
“[…] this photo of Catalina has stayed with me—speaking to the power of portraiture and ensuring her memory does live on, even though she is no longer with us.”


Backstage (40) Barbagia, 2012 (photo: Giulia Gattere)