Tony Vaccaro Studio

Tony Vaccaro Studio Sublime photography from one photographer in two centuries. Michelantonio Celestino Onofrio Vaccaro, born December 20, 1922, in Greensburg, PA - orphaned at the age of 4 and forced to grow up during the depression on a desolate farm in the Italian countryside - could he be the greatest photographer in history.

Judge for yourself. Returning to America to escape fascism in 1939, "Tony" learned the camera at Isaac E. Young High School, New Rochelle, NY, and became Michael A. Vaccaro when he enlisted in the Army for WWII. Some 200 of over 1000 war action photographs have survived and are only now being scanned and categorized. After the war he remained in Europe for four years with the Stars and Stripes to witness the reconstruction. Some 10,000 reconstruction photographs are only now being scanned and categorized. Returning to America, he immersed himself in fashion photography for Flair and Life magazines, challenging Dick Avedon in that field. Some 50,000 fashion photographs are only now being scanned and categorized. He showed skill photographing celebrities, and made this his focus for Life, Look, Venture, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Quick, and many, many more publications. Some 200,000 personality photographs are only now being scanned and categorized. From time to time he was sent abroad on projects of mythic proportions. In 1955 he spent a month with the Shah of Iran. In 1963 he spent a month in Egypt traveling the Nile River. In 1965 he spent a month in Wales on his way to photograph Bertrand Russell. In 1970 he spent two months in Mexico. Tony has never hired a PR firm, and only asked his accountants to represent him as agents. He lives today, lucid, happy, without a worry; still taking photographs, and still developing prints in his state-of-the-art darkroom in Long Island City, NY. He often Winters in France, and dotes on his newborn grand children.


44-02 23rd St, Ste 516
New York, NY

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00


(718) 361-5980


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