Maestro Tony Vaccaro is dead. The great photographer originally from Bonefro died at his home in New York just a few days after completing 100 years last December 20th. His family members gave the news with a post that appeared on social media.
“With a heavy heart we want to inform you of the death of Tony Vaccaro. Last night, at his house and with his family by his side. Tony wanted to hit 100 more than anything and he did it. After his birthday he told us ‘now I can rest‘”.
Thus in a touching message signed by the children of the photographer capable of marking the twentieth century with his shots. First those of the Second World War, in which he had participated since Normandy landing. Then those of post-war Italy.
Here his famous shot known as ‘The Kiss of Liberation’
Hence the great fame as a fashion and entertainment photographer that had brought him to immortalize some of the most famous personalities of the last century.
His famous portrait photo of his friend Sophia Loren
On the web, many are paying homage to him with posts and memories.
“Thank you Tony, you have always carried Bonefro in your heart. A few days ago we celebrated your centenary… we will miss you dearly, although we will keep in touch with you through your extraordinary photographs. Heartfelt condolences to your loved ones. Rest in peace Maestro” thus the mayor of Bonefro Nicola Montagano.
“Hello Maestro, it was a pleasure to meet you.
9 days ago we celebrated your 100th birthday, today we are forced to announce the sad news. You will forever be the pride of all photography enthusiasts of our little land. RIP” wrote the Vivian Maier Center for Photography.