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.

Tanquetazo

 

Forty three years ago, on Friday 29th, June 1973, there was a putsch against the government of Chilean President Salvador Allende. This failed putsch is known as Tanquetazo or Tancazo.

 

Allende el día del Tanquetazo
Chilean President Salvador Allende is met by the Army Commander in Chief, General Carlos Prats, upon his arrival  to La Moneda Palace, at around 11:41 am.
Photo captured at the entrance to the seat of the Chilean government, right after the Tanquetazo putsch had been crushed by the loyalist forces.
Friday 29th, June 1973, La Moneda, Santiago de Chile.
Photo: (Possibly) Luis Poirot.
 

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: 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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