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Biography

1925
Tazio Secchiaroli was born in Rome, Italy.

1944
He began his career as a photographer, taking pictures of tourists and American Soldiers on the streets of Rome.

1955
He founded the Agenzia Roma Press Photos with Sergio Spinelli.

1958
Secchiaroli's reputation as an 'assault photographer' was secured in August 14th of this year when he took a photo of Egypt's King Farouk sitting in a cafe with two women, neither of whom were his wife. The former King attempted to break Secchiaroli's camera, a moment captured by yet another paparazzi.

1958
Later this year, Federico Fellini spotted him and started a collaboration with the photographer wanting ideas for his 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. Secchiaroli's persistent, mildly invasive photographic style was emulated in the films 'Paparazzo' character, thus creating the term 'paparazzi.'

1962
The popular reception of the film led Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni to use him as their personal photographer thus Secchiaroli retired from paparazzi style shots, becoming instead a freelance photographer, companion and confidante of celebrities.

1964
He became a photographer of international stars and travelled the world as Sofia Loren's personal photographer.

1980
Secchiaroli held his first personal exhibition at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan.

1983
He retired from photography.

1990
A personal exhibition was devoted to him at the Cartiere Milani in Fabriano.

1996
The Photology gallery in Milan presented his exhibition The original Paparazzo.

1997
Included in group exhibition at David Miller Gallery in New York: Il Paparazzo, 1954-1964, I Paparazzi, 1964-1997.

1998
He passed away at his home in Rome on July 24th, 1998.

2000
Patrimoine Photographique Serge Plantureux in Paris presented Tazio Secchiaroli, Cinquantes epreuves origianales.

2003
Musee Niecephore Niepce, Paris presents Tazio Secchiaroli, Paparazzo ?

2008
Included in group exhibition at The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin: Pigozzi and the Paparazzi.