Vaccaro (born in 1922) has captured a broad range of our world during his
almost 80-year career. He is best known for his photos taken in Europe in the 1940s.
Later, he became a renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer.
Tony Vaccaro has photographed kings and queens, presidents
and popes, writers and actors, artists and scientists. In 1963, LIFE magazine
sent him to Finland - to Marimekko.
This photo shoot gave us one of the most iconic sets of
Marimekko photography, which today acts as an enchanting visit to the joyous
and colorful 1960s, and the origins of Marimekko. One of the models, Anja, was
to become Tony Vaccaro's wife. What a story!
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.
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, works at the Tony Vaccaro Studio in Long Island City daily.
Tony Vaccaro's Marimekko photography will be on show at Marimekko NYC Flagship Store from August 13th until September 9th 2018.