Angelo Victor Mercure was born in 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. He left high school at age 16 and found himself an army infantryman in South Vietnam at age 17. He took up combat photography and became acquainted with John Steinbeck IV (an ex-GI turned Paris Match war correspondent who exposed much US government corruption in complicity with the former Saigon regime). After his honorable discharge from military service, Mercure returned to Saigon as a journalist under his mentor John Steinbeck IV.
Exposing prostitution and drug rackets were Mercure's forte. He was stabbed once and shot twice during the course of his journalistic duties. At various times, Mercure was a stringer/freelancer for The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and The Australian Information Agency.
Mercure's fine art photography has been featured in Photo, Picture, CMYK, Blindspot, Taboo, Gallery, Nugget, Marquis, Shiny, and Asian Fever.
Mercure has spent much of the past forty years in Southeast Asia. Currently, he resides in Bangkok.
His tools of the trade include a Nikon F5, a Mamiya 645 Pro TL, a Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II,
and a Mamiya 7 II Rangefinder.
The Fine Art Photography of Angelo Victor Mercure is in the Permanent Fine Art Collection of Indiana University and in the Professional Archives of Fine Art Curator Naomi Wilzig of Miami, Florida.
Galleries Which Have Exhibited The Fine Art Photography Of Angelo Victor Mercure:
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, October 2010
THE CHRYSTIE STREET GALLERY, Soho District, New York, New York, September 2005
GALLERIA SCALA, La Jolla, California, January 2002
TODD KAPLAN GALLERY, Los Angeles, California, September 1997
RITA DEAN GALLERY, Gaslamp District, San Diego, California, June 1992
LAWSON - DE CELLE GALLERY, San Francisco, California, April 1986