Great men are bound to do great things. The greatest ones of these are humble and modest about their accomplishments. Chilean Photographer Leopoldo Víctor Vargas, belongs to this latter small group.
Eight years ago, on the afternoon of Saturday 26th, 2011, Presidential Photographer and Chilean Air Force NCO (R) Leopoldo Víctor Vargas past away in Santiago de Chile, at age 78.
As Presidential Photographer (1964-1973), at the Chilean seat of government La Moneda Palace, he is the real author of the World Press Photo of the Year 1973, the Presidential Official Portrait of late President Salvador Allende (1970), and at the Diego Portales building, he shot the first official portrait of each one of the four members of the Military Junta (1973)- Army Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Admiral José Toribio Merino, Aviation Gen. Gustavo Leigh, and Carabineros Gen. César Mendoza.
One of his pictures is among the “100 most influential images of all time“, the “photos that changed the world“, and is also considered “a universal icon of photography“.
But above of all of his life achievements, he was a God fearing man, a dear husband, father, and grandfather. Today we commemorate his death (3/26/2019).
His family, with deep love and respect, look forward to see him again in the fast approaching day of resurrection.