b. 1985 – Massimo Branca is an independent documentary photographer.
Before he graduated in Anthropology with a dissertation on the use 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.
His work has been awarded and exhibited internationally (Prix de public Nuit de la photo; Kaunas Festival Best Portfolio; Lumix Hannover Festival; Gomma Photography Grant; Lucie Emerging Scholarship; Getty Reportage Emerging Talent; Magnum Photos 30 Under 30s; Photocrati Fund for Humanitarian Photography).
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. The anthropological notes of this work were presented in Universities of Brighton, Berlin, Padova and Bologna. Among the publications: Stern Magazine and National Geographic.
2017 – Prix de public Nuit de la photo, Winner
2016 – Kaunas Festival Best Portfolio, Winner
2016 – World Report Award, Finalist
2016 – Hannover Festival Public Award, Winner
2016 – Gomma Photography Grant, Second Place
2015 – Getty Reportage Emerging Talent
2015 – Lucie Emerging Scholarship, Shortlisted
2015 – Magnum Photos / IdeasTap: 30 Under 30s, Winner
2014 – Photocrati Fund for Humanitarian Photography, Top Finalist
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 (Germany)
2016 – Social PhotoFest, Perugia (Italy)
2015 – OrganVida Festival, Zagreb (Croatia)
2015 – Photography Show, Birmingham (England)