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MICHAEL A “TONY” VACCARO IN NORTHERN FRANCE EXHIBITION
World Digital Premiere for 93 Year Old Photographer
Caen, France, June 10, 2016: The world renown photographer will appear at the opening of his 90 image show “Shots of Life: Retrospective Tony Vaccaro” at the serene Ville de Caen, Esplanade Jean-Marie Louvel, 14000 Caen. After over 200 exhibitions since 1946, Vaccaro has just finished building a New York City photo studio to scan and digitally print his one-half million image archive. The show runs through August 28.
One-third of the exhibition is from his surviving 2,000 World War II images; one-third are fashion; and one-third are from his collection of personality portraits. Described as “The Greatest Combat Photographer of WWII” by the BBC “Genius of Photography” series, Vaccaro’s war pictures include his three iconic shots: “The Kiss of Liberation”, “The Last Step of Jack Rose”, and “The Death of Tannenbaum”. Many other war pictures have never been displayed before.
Vaccaro’s fashion work has never been exhibited before. Top models of the 1950’s and 1960’s make appearances including Wilhelmina, dell’ Orefice, and a cheeky Barbara Mullen. Vaccaro’s classic personality portraits, such as those of John F Kennedy and Sophia Loren, round out the collection, again with many never before exhibited, including an impish de Chirico under a boardwalk; a new look at Picasso, and choreographer Gwen Verdon looking stylish in a roped up hammock over New York City, circa 1953.
Alongside iconic images, 34 are considered new discoveries and redefine the scope of Vaccaro’s contributions to the industry. The Michael A Vaccaro Studio created all 90 prints for the spacious Ville, formatted in 60 cm x 50 cm frames: 58 black and white, and 32 in color. While Mr Vaccaro’s studio offers fine art prints of any image from his archive, the studio and the Ville de Caen have agreed to offer a 9 x 13 inch signed print of any image from the exhibition to visitors.
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