Motivated by the challenge to document the vanishing ancient monuments in the modern Middle East, Italian photographer Massimiliano Gatti uses his lens to chronicle that which is significant in the moment and over the ages.
A frequent participant in various initiatives designed to chronicle and preserve these iconic locales, Gatti thrives when researching through and alongside his photography. Almost equal parts journalist and artist, Gatti brings an exceptional eye for the perfectly framed image to many of his now-iconic frames.
Born in Italy in 1981, Gatti earned a pharmacy degree from the Università degli studi in Pavia in 2006 prior to accomplishing a second degree in photography with CFP R. Bauer in Milan in 2008. Since then, Datti has been an avid exhibitor of his work in a wide variety of locales. Recent showcases include “Passages: selected images from Syria and Iraq” at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles (2015); “Il giorno in cui la memoria si è dissolta” at Columbia University in New York (2016); and “Sottopelle, storie di resistenze e persistenze” at Forte Strino in Vermiglio, Italy (2019).