People Watching

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Jul 2, 2012 | By Jeff Masamori

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People watching is one of the best ways to spend a lazy afternoon out here in San Francisco. With a hugely diverse population of people, you could spend countless hours watching, listening, and crafting stories about that awkward couple clearly on their first date, the old man wearing 3D movie glasses as sunglasses, and the woman feeding her little dog straight from her mouth.

Italian photographer Massimo Vitali sets out to capture images that encompass all of that within a single frame. Throwing away the traditional idea of a portrait, Vitali reveals the raw interplay people have with their surroundings in a microscopic view reminiscent of a Where's Waldo book (Bonus points if you can spot the American Flag, it being nearly July 4th and all).

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With remarkable detail, afforded him by a large format camera and a 5-foot podium, Vitali's work serves as both an artistic blend of people, landscapes, colors, and textures, but also a documentation of human interactions in an exposed and unprotected setting.

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You can see Vitali's other works on his website.

Images from The Crown Gallery and Vanity Fair.