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October 2, 2020

Stunning Fashion Photography by Tony Vaccaro in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1922 as Michelantonio Celestino Onofrio Vaccaro in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, American photographer Tony Vaccaro is best known for his photos taken in Europe during 1944 and 1945, and in Germany immediately following World War II. Later, he became a fashion and lifestyle photographer for U.S. magazines.

Fashion photography by Tony Vaccaro in the 1950s and 1960s

Although some 4,000 of his photographs were lost in an accident in 1947, photographs from his extensive wartime archive were published in 2001 in his book, Entering Germany: Photographs 1944-1949 and 2002 in the book Shots of War.

In 1994, Vaccaro was awarded the French Légion d'honneur at the celebrations marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Normandy landings. A museum named after Tony Vaccaro was inaugurated in Bonefro on August 24, 2014.

These stunning photos are part of his work that Tony Vaccaro took portraits of classic beauties in the 1950s and 1960s.

Model in bathing suit, rooftop pool at Hotel Caribe Hilton, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Puerto Rico, 1951

Mary Jane Russell, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, 1951

Mary Jane Russell, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, Flair magazine, 1951

Carmen Dell' Orefice, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Puerto Rico, October 1951

Maria Reachi wearing cut-out paper lashes, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Good Housekeeping, 1952

Grace Kelly, photo by Tony Vaccaro, 1953

Fashion photo by Tony Vaccaro, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, LOOK, 1956

Ivy Nicholson in evening gown by unidentified Italian designer, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Appian Way, Rome, 1956

Dovima reflection, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, 1957

Dovima, photo by Tony Vaccaro, LOOK, 1957

Mary Hilem in large polka-dot jumpsuit, photo by Tony Vaccaro, LOOK, 1958

Sophia Loren, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, 1958

Fashion photo by Tony Vaccaro, circa 1950s

Model Dorothy Tristan, photo by Tony Vaccaro, circa 1959

Sophia Loren, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, 1959

Veil over eyes, photo by Tony Vaccaro, circa 1950s

“Guggenheim Hat”, Isabella Albonico, photo by Tony Vaccaro for LOOK magazine, 1960

Evening fashions, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Central Park Botanical Gardens, New York City, circa 1960

Model in elegant bouclé suit by Givenchy, photo by Tony Vaccaro at Givenchy's salon, Paris, June 1960

Model in sequined top and skirt evening gown by Givenchy, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Paris, June 1960

Broadway star and dancer Gwen Verdon, photo by Tony Vaccaro, New York City, 1963

Fashion shot for LOOK magazine by Tony Vaccaro, 1963

Singer Leslie Uggams, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1963

Dressed for travel, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Idlewild Airport, 1964

Model in elegant wool dress at the TWA terminal, Idlewild Airport, photo by Tony Vaccaro, 1964

Veruschka, photo by Tony Vaccaro, 1964

Finnish model Anja Kyllikki Vaccaro, photo by husband Tony Vaccaro, 1965

Models in colorful prints by Marimekko, photo by Tony Vaccaro, 1965

Monique Chevalier's face in cut-out, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Home Companion, 1965

Baroness Fiona von Thyssen (Fiona Campbell-Walter), photo by Tony Vaccaro, Monte Bianco, Italy, 1967

(Photo © Tony Vaccaro)




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