Tanquetazo.

Chilean President Salvador Allende stayed in his home, at Tomás Moro Street, until around 11:30 am, leaving in that hour heading to La Moneda Palace the day of the failed putsch, on june 29th, 1973.

Allende el día del Tanquetazo 29 VI 1973 1 copy 2

Notice here that late Chilean President Salvador Allende is wearing O’Higgins Pioche a simbol of  his character as Generalissimo of the Chilean Armed Forces. Also he is wearing a 6 button double breasted suit, white shirt and tie. An attire completely different from the one he wore the fateful day of the Coup in September 11th, 1973.
Photo: (Possibly) Luis Poirot.

#TodayInHistory: the #NYT announces de winner of the #WPPh 1973.

In a day like today, 42 years ago, was announced in #TheNewYorkTimes that an unidentified Chilean photographer won the grand prize of photojournalism; the World Press Photo of the Year 1973, awarded by the #WorldPressPhotoFoundation, in the Netherlands.
The author of that picture was presidential photographer and Chilean Air Force NCO Leopoldo Víctor Vargas (1933-2011).

Leopoldo V. Vargas past away five years ago- the afternoon of Saturday 26, 2011. This weekend, his family, with lots of love and respect celebrates his fifth anniversary. Here is our homage.

Windows Scan 300 dpi

#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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#‎TodayInHistory‬: NYT publication of WPPh1973

#TodayInHistory: On Saturday, Jan. 26, 1973, made it’s debut on the front page of The New York Times (NYT), the picture winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 1973 (WPPh1973) prize.

NYT Jan 26, 1973 Front Page (Report)

NYT Jan 26, 1973 Front Page (Report)

The photo winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 1973, in the bottom, was shot on 9/11/1973, at around 9:40 am, by presidential photographer Leopoldo Víctor Vargas. It shows Chilean President Dr. Salvador Allende during his tour of inspection through the La Moneda Palace, looking for the best positions for its defense, while the Coup d’état was in progress.

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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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Pres. Salvador Allende’s Official Portrait.

Since September 16th, 2015, the Chilean National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Chile) is the custodian of the Official Portrait of Chilean President Salvador Allende (1970-1973), captured at La Moneda Palace of government, the same day that Allende took office, on November 3rd,1970. Photo by presidential photographer Leopoldo Víctor Vargas (1933-2011).

Presidente Salvador Allende en Memoria Chilena

The photo, virtually disappeared since 1974, was donated to the Chilean National Library by Leopoldo Víctor Vargas’ widow, Erika Caroca Atenas, and their firstborn, Leopoldo P. Vargas (also a professional photographer), on behalf of Leopoldo Vargas and his family.

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