LEOPOLDO VICTOR VARGAS’ SIXTH COMMEMORATION.

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        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.

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

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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: 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.

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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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