During the spring, I met with Tony Vaccaro in New York City, where he shared his story about how he entered the photographic industry and how he became famous. I cannot express to my readers about how incredible this experience was, not only did he discuss his work, but he also told us stories of his past and of the wars he endured. It was one of the most inspirational meetings I have ever had.
Tony Vaccaro entered the war when he was 21 years old. For 272 days, he fought on the front lines of the war. December 1994, he entered Germany as a private in the intelligence platoon, tasked with going behind enemy lines at night. "When I was not on a night mission, I processed my films in four army helmets and hung the wet negatives from tree branches to dry." Tony was determined to photograph the war no matter what. He used a 35mm Argus C-3 to photograph his experiences. By the end of the war he had taken nearly 8,000 photographs of life as a combat soldier.
After he returned to America in the 1950s he began to work as a commercial photographer. He worked for Life, Look, Flair Magazine, etc.
Here is a look at some of his work:
I cannot express to all of you how important it is to network and to meet with photographers, art buyers, agents, stylists, etc. You never know who will inspire you or who will help you to capture your next project. Be nice to everyone and be open to meeting new people and trying new things. Meeting Tony was an experience unlike any other and I hope that you get to experience something like that as well.