Spotlight: Tony Vaccaro

Travel back in time with our priceless collection of Tony Vaccaro photography.

We are delighted to announce that the Bridgeman archive has grown with the addition of works by the incomparable photographer Tony Vaccaro. Working over a span of 80 years, Tony Vaccaro photography career began in high school and took off during WWII when he was drafted into the US army after graduation. His portfolio spans a diverse range of subject matter from imagery of war from his time served to fashion photography from when he worked as a freelance photographer for many major publications.


Little German Gang, Frankfurt, 1946-47 (b/w photo), Tony Vaccaro (b.1922) / Private Collection


Durring his time in Europe while serving in World War II as a front line infantryman, Vaccaro shot over 8,000 photographs. He captured all aspects of war from the mundane activities of food preparation and mail delivery, to the the more violent and dark aspects of wartime.


Georgia O'Keeffe holding her painting, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1960 (photo) , Tony Vaccaro (b.1922) / Private Collection


After the war Tony started a twenty-eight year career freelancing for most major publications at the time such as Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek, and Life. What makes Tony's work stand out amongst other fashion and celebrity photographers is that he relies on natural light and settings and on himself alone, rather than intricate props or  a large team of assistants.


Ring Around The Roses (b/w photo) , Tony Vaccaro (b.1922) / Private Collection


He gained unprecedented access to many of the greatest personalities of the twentieth century: kings and queens, presidents and popes, writers and actors, artists and scientists. During this career he has met and photographed leading figures including John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Enzo Ferrari, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many more.


Moon (photo), Tony Vaccaro (b.1922) / Private Collection


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The Amsterdam, 1950's (photo), Tony Vaccaro (b.1922) / Private Collection


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