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October 15, 2021

20 Stunning Black and White Photos of Italian Screen Stars Taken by Tazio Secchiaroli in the 1960s and 1970s

Tazio Secchiaroli (1925 – 1998) was an Italian photographer known as one of the original paparazzi. He founded the agency Roma Press Photo in 1955.


Secchiaroli was the inspiration for the Paparazzo character in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita. Much of Fellini's research into the profession of tabloid journalism was simply buying dinner for Secchiaroli and his friends, and listening to their exploits.

Ironically, by the time the term 'paparazzi’ was coined, Secchiaroli had become more of an insider in the Italian film industry and had left the paparazzi-style attack photography behind. He became well known for informal candid portraits of film stars, both at the studio and at their homes.

Here are some of the silver screen stars he portrayed at the height of his career in the 1960s and 1970s:

Claudia Cardinale, 1961

Vittorio De Sica on the set of Marriage Italian Style, Cinecittà, 1964

Elsa Martinelli on the set of The Tenth Victim, 1965

Federico Fellini during the filming of 8 1/2, 1963

Fellini during the filming of Amarcord, 1974

Sophia Loren on a break between takes of Arabesque, 1966

Sophia Loren in a scene from The Priest’s Wife, 1970

Sophia Loren among the wigs

Sophia Loren on break in C’era una volta, 1967

Sophia Loren on a break while filming Bianco, rosso e…, 1972

Silvana Mangano with her three children on the set of The last Judgment, 1961

Silvana Mangano, 1961

Marco Ferreri during the shooting of Casanova ’70, 1965

Mastroianni on the set of Casanova ’70, 1965

Marcello Mastroianni on the set of 8 1/2, 1963

Marcello Mastroianni and Marisa Mell in Casanova ’70, 1965

Pier Paolo Pasolini on the set of Accattone, 1961

Virna Lisi in Casanova ’70, 1965

Virna Lisi on the set of Casanova ’70, 1965

Fellini jumping on the set of 8 1/2, 1963




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