Monroe Gallery of Photography
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TONY VACCARO

War and Peace
Friday, June 30 though September 17, 2017

Kiss of Liberation: Sergeant Gene Costanzo kneels to kiss a little girl during spontaneous celebrations in the main square of the town of St. Briac, France, August 14, 1944
Kiss of Liberation: Sergeant Gene Costanzo
kneels to kiss a little girl during spontaneous
celebrations in the main square of the town
of St. Briac, France, August 14, 1944

In 2016 HBO Films premiered "Under Fire: The Untold Story of Private First Class Tony Vaccaro". The film tells the story of how Tony survived the war, fighting the enemy while also documenting his experience at great risk, developing his photos in combat helmets at night and hanging the negatives from tree branches. The film also encompasses a wide range of contemporary issues regarding combat photography such as the ethical challenges of witnessing and recording conflict, the ways in which combat photography helps to define how wars are perceived by the public, and the sheer difficulty of staying alive while taking photos in a war zone.

Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1922, Tony Vaccaro spent the first years of his life in the village of Bonefro, Italy after his family left America under threat from the Mafia. Both of his parents had died by the time he was eight years old and he was raised by an uncaring aunt. When World War II broke out, the American Ambassador in Rome ordered Tony to return to the States. He settled in with his sisters in New Rochelle, NY where he joined his high school camera club. A year later, at the age of 21, Tony was drafted into the war, and by the spring of 1944 he was photographing war games in Wales. By June, now a combat infantryman in the 83rd Infantry Division, he was on a boat heading toward Omaha Beach, six days after the first landings at Normandy. Denied access to the Signal Corps, Tony was determined to photograph the war, and had his portable 35mm Argus C-3 with him from the start. For the next 272 days, Tony fought on the front lines of the war.

After the war, Tony remained in Germany to photograph the rebuilding of the country for Stars And Stripes magazine. Returning to the US in 1950, Tony started his career as a commercial photographer, eventually working for virtually every major publication: Look, Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Newsweek, and many more. Tony went on to become one the most sought after photographers of his day and now 94, Tony still carries a camera and oversee the creation of his prints.



Normandy, June, 1944

Normandy, June, 1944

Machine Gun Team, Battle of the Rheine River, March 15, 1945

Machine Gun Team, Battle of the Rheine River, March 15, 1945

White Death, Pvt. Henry Irving Tannebaum Ottre, Belgium 1945

White Death, Pvt. Henry Irving Tannebaum Ottre, Belgium 1945



Soldier Marching, Ottre, Belgium, 1944

Soldier Marching, Ottre, Belgium, 1944

French Soldiers at the Carnival of Nice, 1947

French Soldiers at the Carnival of Nice, 1947

Battle of Ardennes, Near Ottre, Belgium., 1944

Battle of Ardennes, Near Ottre, Belgium., 1944



Hitler's Window, Germany, 1945

Hitler's Window, Germany, 1945

The Last Step, Ottre Belgium 1945

The Last Step, Ottre Belgium 1945

Defeated Soldier, Frankfurt, Germany, 1947

Defeated Soldier, Frankfurt, Germany, 1947



Newly liberated women in Nante, along the North bank of the Loire River, celebrate their freedom, Nante, France, July, 1944

Newly liberated women in Nante, along the North bank of the Loire River, celebrate their freedom, Nante, France, July, 1944

The Paradise Cortina, Italy, 1947

The Paradise Cortina, Italy, 1947

Tired Eyes. Orphans in a sewing class, Trieste, Italy, 1947

"Tired Eyes". Orphans in a sewing class, Trieste, Italy, 1947



Water fountain in the piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Italy, 1947

Water fountain in the piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Italy, 1947

Water Fountain, Milan, Italy, 1946

Water Fountain, Milan, Italy, 1946

The Violinist, Venice, Italy, 1947

The Violinist, Venice, Italy, 1947



The Butcher Shop, Tremoli, Italy, 1947

The Butcher Shop, Tremoli, Italy, 1947

Jackson Pollock (smoking), East Hampton, 1953

Jackson Pollock (smoking), East Hampton, 1953

Jackson Pollock painting at his home, East Hampton, 1953

Jackson Pollock painting at his home, East Hampton, 1953



Pablo Picasso, Mougins, France, 1966

Pablo Picasso, Mougins, France, 1966

Duchamp, New York City, NY, 1952

Duchamp, New York City, NY, 1952

De Kooning, East Hampton, 1952

De Kooning, East Hampton, 1952



Georgia O'Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1960

Georgia O'Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1960

Georgia O'Keeffe, Santa Fe, LOOK, 1960

Georgia O'Keeffe, Santa Fe, LOOK, 1960

Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1069

Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1069



Enzo Ferrari. Modena, Italy 1955

Enzo Ferrari. Modena, Italy 1955

John F Kennedy, Washington, DC, 1960

John F Kennedy, Washington, DC, 1960

Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy, 1968

Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy, 1968



Stirling Moss, Monza, Italy, 1955

Stirling Moss, Monza, Italy, 1955

Givenchy, Paris, France, 1961

Givenchy, Paris, France, 1961

Isabella Albonico, Central Park Botanical Gardens, NYC, 1958

Isabella Albonico, Central Park Botanical Gardens, NYC, 1958



Ivy Nicholson, Appian Way, Rome, Italy, 1956

Ivy Nicholson, Appian Way, Rome, Italy, 1956

	Waldorf Astoria, Look, NYC, 1950

Waldorf Astoria, Look, NYC, 1950

Debbie Reynolds, Joy for Flair, NYC, 1951

Debbie Reynolds, "Joy" for Flair, NYC, 1951



Hotel Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico, 1951

Hotel Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico, 1951

Sophia Loren, New York,1959

Sophia Loren, New York, 1959

Ali MacGraw, LOOK, NYC 1975

Ali MacGraw, LOOK, NYC 1975



	Gwen Verdon, New York City, NY, 195

Gwen Verdon, New York City, NY, 195

	Dovima, NYC, 1957

Dovima, NYC, 1957

Carmen, Look , Puerto Rico, 1951

Carmen, Look , Puerto Rico, 1951



Maria Reachi, Good Housekeeping NYC, 1952

Maria Reachi, Good Housekeeping NYC, 1952

The Moon, LOOK, NYC, 1969

The Moon, LOOK, NYC, 1969

The Sun, LOOK, NYC, 1969

The Sun, LOOK, NYC, 1969



	Marimekko, Helskinki, 1965

Marimekko, Helskinki, 1965

My First Fashion Shoot, Germany, 1947

My First Fashion Shoot, Germany, 1947

Model and Bear for LOOK, 1950

Model and Bear for LOOK, 1950



White Bathing Suit Fashion, Long Island, New York, 1958

White Bathing Suit Fashion, Long Island, New York, 1958

The Veil, for LOOK, New York, 1951

The Veil, for LOOK, New York, 1951

Mary Jane Russell,  for FLAIR, New York, 1951

Mary Jane Russell, for FLAIR, New York, 1951



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