National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

His long association with National Geographic began when he worked as a translator/guide for photographer Bob Sacha on a two-month assignment in Italy. Subsequently he worked as a fixer for other Geographic shooters including George Steinmetz, David Alan Harvey, William Albert Allard, and Ira Block. Fixers help lensers gain access to the best photographic opportunities that an area has to offer, often finding subjects in locations well off the beaten path. The job requires an intimate knowledge of the local culture, customs, and landscape—skills that have served Massimo well while working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

The Human Rights Watch of Canada recently selected Massimo's work for an exhibition at the International Film Festival of Toronto, and his acclaimed photography book, The Color of Silence, details the 12 weeks he spent in a little-known Italian monastery. Massimo teaches National Geographic photography workshops and looks forward to sharing his love for shooting the world over, from spectacular landscapes, to remote islands, to cityscapes. He will share his secrets on how photographers become a part of the scene they are photographing and touch the lives of their subjects, rather than just watching them through a lens.