Tazio Secchiaroli was born in Rome, Italy.
He began his career as a photographer, taking pictures of tourists and American Soldiers on the streets of Rome.
He founded the Agenzia Roma Press Photos with Sergio Spinelli.
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.
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.'
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.
He became a photographer of international stars and travelled the world as Sofia Loren's personal photographer.
Secchiaroli held his first personal exhibition at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan.
He retired from photography.
A personal exhibition was devoted to him at the Cartiere Milani in Fabriano.
The Photology gallery in Milan presented his exhibition The original Paparazzo.
Included in group exhibition at David Miller Gallery in New York: Il Paparazzo, 1954-1964, I Paparazzi, 1964-1997.
He passed away at his home in Rome on July 24th, 1998.
Patrimoine Photographique Serge Plantureux in Paris presented Tazio Secchiaroli, Cinquantes epreuves origianales.
Musee Niecephore Niepce, Paris presents Tazio Secchiaroli, Paparazzo ?
Included in group exhibition at The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin: Pigozzi and the Paparazzi.