A lawyer and photographer, Giuseppe Vannucci Zauli belonged to one of the most representative middle-class families of Empoli from the mid-1800s. He was attracted to photography during his university years along with his friend Alex Franchini Stappo. In the 1940s and 1950s, he befriended photo enthusiasts in Florence and worked with Vincenzo Balocchi, subsequently re-elaborating the images he took with the master. In 1943, he and Alex Franchini-Strappo published Introduzione per una estetica fotografica and in 1945, Il bello fotografico, a text that gathers the images of many of the best photographers from the time. Between 1941 and 1955 he took the majority of his negatives which he would later retouch, creating new images.