Tony Vaccaro and Marimekko


Tony Vaccaro (born in 1922) has photographed kings and queens, presidents and popes, writers and actors, artists and scientists during his almost 80-year career. In 1964, LIFE magazine sent him to Finland - to Marimekko.


Photographer Michael A. (Tony) Vaccaro is best known for his photos taken in Europe during 1944 and 1945, and in Germany after World War II. Later, he became a renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer.

The photoshoot in Finland gave us one of the most iconic sets of Marimekko photography, which today acts as an enchanting visit to the joyous and colourful 1960s, and the origins of Marimekko. One of the models, Anja, was to become Tony Vaccaro's wife.

Image: Tony Vaccaro 1964

Image: Tony Vaccaro 1964

Since retiring in 1982, Tony Vaccaro has been exhibited over 250 times and has published or been the subject of ten books and two major films including HBO's release of "Underfire" in 2016. Today, Tony Vaccaro's works are in numerous private and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Image: Tony Vaccaro 1964

Image: Tony Vaccaro 1964

Tony Vaccaro has won several honors and awards. These include the Art Director's Gold Medal (New York City, 1963), The World Press Photo Gold Medal (The Hague, 1969), The Legion of Honor (Paris, 1994), The Medal of Honor (Luxembourg, 2002), Das Verdienstkreuz (Berlin, 2004), and the Minerva d'Oro (Pescara, 2014). 

In 2018, Tony Vaccaro, 95 years of age, lives in New York and works at the Tony Vaccaro Studio in Long Island City daily.

Image: Tony Vaccaro 1964