Vincenzo Vicari was born in Lugano in 1911. Over the years, the building in which he lived housed a succession of photography studios, the last of which the young photographer took over himself in 1936. After receiving his Master of Photography diploma from the ETH in Zurich in 1939, he entered active service as a sergeant photographer in the Compagnia Aviazione 10, the Ticino squadron of the Swiss Air Force. During the War, he took the first aerial shots of Lugano and filmed numerous documentaries. Between 1945 and 1962, he taught at the photography school in Trevano, while continuing to develop his numerous business interests. Vincenzo Vicari retired as a professional photographer in 1987 and died in 2007 at the age of 95.