Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


Tony Vaccaro
La Dolce Vita
97th Birthday Exhibition
November 29 - January 19, 2020



Extra on the set of “8 1/2”, Lazio, Italy, 1962

Tony Vaccaro photographed on the set of “La Dolce Vita”, and nearing age 97, he indeed is living “the good life”. At the age of 21, Tony was drafted into the war, and June of 1944, 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, photographing everyone from President John F. Kennedy and Sophia Loren to Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe. “La Dolce Vita” is a major new exhibition of more than 40 photographs by Tony Vaccaro that includes several new discoveries from his archive being exhibited for the very first time.

Title: Fellini on the set of “La Dolce Vita”, Italy 1969 Title: Givenchy with Audrey Hepburn’s Mannequins, Paris 1960 Title: Givenchy by the Pool, South of Paris, France, 1961

Title: Eartha Kitt and Givenchy, Paris, France 1961 Title: After Degas: Woman and Flowers, New York City 1960 Title: Gwen Verdon, New York City, NY, 1953

Title: Umbrella LOOK magazine, NYC 1951 Title: The Veil, for LOOK, New York, 1951 Title: Dovima, NYC, 1957

Title: Guggenheim Hat, New York, 1960 Title: Taking photographs, Heidelberg, Germany, 1948 Title: Water fountain in the piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Italy, 1947

Title: Waiting For Mom. Two children wait outside a grocery store with the family shopping cart, Hoescht, Germany, 1946.  Title: Camera Shy, Bonefro, Italy, 1946 Title: Old Man, Bonefro, Italy, 1946

Title: Packed Train, Germany, 1948 Title: The Violinist, Venice, Italy, 1947 Title: Reconstruction, Nuremberg, Germany, 1948

Title: Running Soldier, Battle of the Bulge, 1944 Title: Defeated Soldier, Frankfurt, Germany, 1947 Title: Firing Line, Battle of Hurtgen Forest, Germany, 1944

Title: Hitler’s Window, Germany, 1945 Title: 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 Title: White Death, Pvt. Henry Irving Tannebaum Ottre, Belgium 1945

Title: one of the original prints near the Rhine River Title: one step closer to Victory, near Hamm Title: Problem near Vise

Title: Sophia Loren, New York,1959 Title: Leonard Cohen, Nashville, 1968 Title: Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy, 1968

Title: Enzo Ferrari. Modena, Italy 1955 Title: John F Kennedy, Washington, DC, 1960 Title: Ali MacGraw, LOOK, NYC 1975

Title: De Kooning, East Hampton, 1952 Title: Jackson Pollock painting at his home, East Hampton, 1953 Title: Pablo Picasso, Mougins, France, 1966

Title: Georgia O'Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1960 Title: Georgia O’Keeffe, Santa Fe, LOOK, 1960 Title: Georgia O’Keeffe and skull, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1960

Title: Going for a walk, New York, 1950 Title: Coney Island, New York,1948 Title: Pennsylvania Station, New York, 1948



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