Massimo Vitali at the Harbin Ice Festival
Photographer Massimo Vitali recently travelled to northeast China, to photograph the vast collection of elaborately carved ice structures that make up the Harbin Ice Festival.
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a spectacular annual event that has been running since 1963. Not content with the humble snowman, snow angel or even ice figurine, the festival sees craftsmen and women create whole ice palaces and fantastical icescapes. The 2014 festival marks the 30th event, so photographer Massimo Vitali, who is represented by We Folk, decided to capture the beauty before it melts away.
With temperatures regularly reaching lows of -35C, it was a chilly job, but the opportunity to captures the stark ice cities was too much to pass up for Vitali, an Italian photographer renowned for his expansive images of people in beaches, swimming pools, parks and discos.