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

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 Public Choice; 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.

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