THE ELEVENTH COMMEMORATION OF LEOPOLDO VICTOR VARGAS (3/26/2022).

On the day of his memorial, visiting Leopoldo Vargas tomb, is his widow Erika Caroca Atenas, his daughter Erika Maria Vargas, and one of his grandsons, Miguel Salgueiro Vargas.

Eleven years ago, on the afternoon of Saturday 26th, 2011, Presidential Photographer and Chilean Air Force NCO (R) Leopoldo Víctor Vargas passed away in Santiago de Chile, at age 78.

         As Presidential Photographer (between 1964-1973) at the Chilean seat of government, La Moneda Palace, he made the picture winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 1973. Earlier, he made the Presidential Official Portrait of late President Salvador Allende, at the very beginning of his presidency in 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 considered one of the 100 most influential images of all time, and counted among the photos that changed the world. Also is acknowledged as 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.

        His widow, and family members, with deep love and respect, look forward to seeing him again on the fast-approaching day of resurrection.

Leopoldo Víctor Vargas.

(July 9, 1933- March 26, 2011)

Leo Vargas was born on July 9 1933 in Putaendo, San Felipe, Chile. He was the love child and the only son of Susana Vargas Berrios.

He married Ms. Erika Caroca Atenas, on May 5, 1956, in Santiago de Chile.

Leopoldo Victor Vargas died after a long struggle with diabetes and all its complications in Santiago’s Hospital de la Fuerza Aérea de Chile on the afternoon of Saturday March 26 2011. He is survived by his wife, and by four children and six grandchildren.

Mr. Vargas was a Non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the Chilean Air Force, Aerial Photographer, Photojournalist, Presidential Photographer (1964-1973) and is the author of the award-winning picture of the World Press Photo of the Year 1973, and of the Official Portrait of Chilean President Salvador Allende Gossens and the first Official Portrait of each of the members of the Military Junta right after the Coup in 1973- Army General Augusto Pinochet, Aviation General Gustavo Leigh, Admiral José Merino, and Carabineros’ General César Mendoza Durán.