Massimo Bassano Photo By: Beth StoreyMassimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His words and pictures appear regularly in such Italian publications as iO Donna, Il Venerdì, Gulliver, Gente Viaggi, Runner's World, Ciclismo, GEO Italy, GEO Germany, MAX, MAX France, Moulin Rouge, National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic on-line edition. He covers a wide variety of subjects, including 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 coffee-table book, The Color of Silence, is the result of a twelve week stay with the Chartusians monks in the St. Mary and St. Stephen Monastery in Calabria. Bassano was the first photographer in the world ever allowed to document the practices of this 900 year old brotherhood. The book won awards in several Italian and European book competitions and a sequel is in the works. Bassano started his career as a picture editor for the well-known agency Grazia Neri. 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 in Italy, often for months at a time, including George Steinmetz in Milan, David Alan Harvey in Naples, William Albert Allard in Sicily, Ira Block in Tuscany, and Bob Sacha again in Rome and Parma. Massimo teaches photography at workshops in Tuscany, Italy, for National Geographic Expeditions and Santa Fe Workshops. Massimo recently had an exhibition selected by the Human Rights Watch of Canada showing at the International Film Festival of Toronto.