About Willy Rizzo

Willy Rizzo was born in Naples, Italy and moved to France with his mother in the 1930's. In the beginning of his career Rizzo assisted portrait photographer Aldo before gaining employment on his own, beginning with his coverage of The Cannes Film Festival for France Sunday. In 1945, Rizzo met Arletty Raimu and Micheline Presle and photographed the inaugural cover of Paris Match Magazine in 1949. He would continue to photograph personalities such as Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, and Dizzy Gillespie extensively for the magazine for the next twenty years while also working alongside the famed Conde Nast editor Alexander Lieberman at Vogue.
Willy Rizzo, Marilyn Monroe, 19621
Willy Rizzo, Maria Callas, La Scala, Milan, 1958 2
Willy Rizzo, Coco Chanel, Jardin des Tuilleries, Paris, 19583
Willy Rizzo, Robert Mitchum, Hawaii, 19614
Willy Rizzo, Marlene Dietrich and her Tepaz Gramaphone, Cannes, 1956 5
Willy Rizzo, Jane Fonda at Café de Flore Paris, 1961 6
Willy Rizzo, Jack Nicholson, St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 19967
Willy Rizzo, Sarah Vaughan, New York, 1959 8
Willy Rizzo, Brigitte Bardot, Saint-Tropez, 1958 9