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.

EIGHTH COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF LEOPOLDO VICTOR VARGAS (3/26/2019).

Leopoldo Victor Vargas (2)

        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.

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#TodayInHistory TIME Magazine publishes a pix of Leopoldo V. Vargas shot in 9/11/1973.

Feb 4 1974 TIME

#ADayLikeToday 42 years ago, the fourth picture of six captured by Chilean presidential photographer Leopoldo Víctor Vargas made it’s debut in the world press.  Shot the morning of Tuesday September 11th 1973 at La Moneda Palace, seat of the Chilean Government, during the Coup d’état.

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Bibliography.

For all Spanish speakers here’s a comprehensive bibliography on Leopoldo V. Vargas- his life and work.

“Leopoldo Víctor Vargas, el fotógrafo de las últimas horas de Allende en La Moneda”, por Hermes H. Benítez, en el diario digital piensaChile.com, el lunes 25 de Junio del 2012.

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