In the spirit of spreading some much-needed great news, the Associated Press just recently exposed that Tony Vaccaro— the famed World War II photographer whose professional career spanned nearly 80 years and 500,000 images– captured and endured coronavirus at the ripe old age of 97- years-old.
Vaccaro, a Queens local, is a photography icon. He endured the Battle of Normandy and captured countless images throughout the War, often establishing them in Army helmets by the light of the moon. One of his most well-known pictures, ‘ Kiss of Freedom,’ shows an US soldier kissing a young French lady after liberating her town from Nazi profession.
You can learn more about Mr. Vaccaro and see some of his iconic imagery in the short video by the American Battlefield Trust, which was release only a month earlier:
After the war, he ended up being an effective style and celeb photographer– his subjects consisting of well-known names like Pablo Picasso, John F. Kennedy, Enzo Ferrari and Sophia Loren. But his most recent achievement making headings has absolutely nothing to do with photography. This week, he’s being celebrated for enduring COVID-19
Vaccaro’s family believes he was exposed to the unique coronavirus at some point in April. However despite his innovative age, he suffered a fairly mild infection and invested only a number of days in the healthcare facility. After 2 days, he surprised his family by getting up and shaving “like nothing happened.”
” To me, the biggest thing that you can do is challenge the world, and the majority of these difficulties I win,” Vaccaro told the AP over video call. “I really feel I have luck on my back, and I might go anywhere on this Earth and survive it.”
If you wish to see more of Mr. Vaccaro’s work and discover more about his amazing photographic tradition, check out his site or find the 2016 HBO documentary “Under Fire: The Untold Story of PFC Tony Vaccaro,” which you can find out more about here