of Tazio Secchiaroli
Tazio Secchiaroli was born in
Rome in 1925.
In 1943 he began working as a messenger at
In 1944 he began his career as an
itinerant photographer taking pictures of
American soldiers and tourists in the
streets of Rome.
In 1951 he began working at the Agenzia
Vedo, a photographic agency run by Adolfo
Porry Pastore, one of the fathers of
Italian photojournalism. It was Pastore
who taught Secchiaroli "all the
secrets of the trade".
In 1955 he founded the Agenzia Roma Press
Photo together with Sergio Spinelli.
In 1958 he began his collaboration with
Federico Fellini, providing him with
several ideas for his film La Dolce
Vita. In choosing the name of one of
the characters in this film, in 1960
Fellini created the word
In 1961 Secchiaroli abandoned "paparazzism"
and became a set photographer.
In 1962 he left Agenzia Roma Press Photo
and began to work freelance.
From 1964 to 1983 he photographed the
stars of international cinema and
travelled the world as Sofia Loren's
In 1980 he held his first personal
exhibition at the Palazzo delle Stelline
In 1983 he retired from photography.
In 1990 a personal exhibition was devoted
to him at the Cartiere Milani in Fabriano.
In 1996 the Photology gallery in Milan
presented his exhibition The original
Tazio Secchiaroli died at his home in Rome
during the night between 23 and 24 July