Vera Maone was born in Naples in 1936. Her parents were from Calabria, a region of the South of Italy.
For thirty years she taught Italian literature and history in the secondary schools, and at the same time she was active in the movement for educational reform. Between the end of fifties and the beginning of sixties she collaborated with the Circolo Napoletano del Cinema and with the Circolo di Cultura Francesco de Sanctis. She began to take photographs at the end of eighties, just before retiring. Although she was self-taught, her photographing and her work in the dark room improved a lot thanks to the relationships and exchanges she had with photographers, visual and graphic artists working in Naples, and her attendance at art and photography exhibitions. Between 1997 and 2007 she directed the project I Lunedì della Fotografia (Photography Mondays) on behalf of the association Laboratorio Città Nuova, with the sponsorization of the Naples City Council, the counseling by Antonio Biasiucci, Fabio Donato, and Mimmo Jodice, and the collaboration of Cecilia Battimelli and Lucia Patalano, which promoted meetings with photographers, exhibitions, the presentation of books,  organized a retrospective on Neapolitan photographers at the  Naples Accademia di Belle Arti, published books. In 2009, on occasion of the hundrendth anniversary of the birth of Maurizio Valenzi, mayor of Naples from 1975 to 1983, she curated a collective photographic exhibition, La Napoli di Maurizio (Maurizio’s Naples). She has contributed photographs to the newspapers il manifesto and l’Unità, the weekly Metrovie, the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico, and the Museo dell’Industria e del Lavoro (Brescia). She collaborates with the review Quaderni Calabresi.