Ron Galella: Paparazzo Extra Ordinaire!
Ron Galella (*1931, the Bronx, New York City) moved to Los Angeles in his early twenties and trained as a photo journalist. Here, he photographed the stars and sold his photos to the National Enquirer and Fotoplay. His pictures are snapshots rather than portraits: spontaneous, unstaged, and extremely direct. Whether it was Jacqueline Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, or Audrey Hepburn – he managed to get them all in front of his lens. In addition to physical assaults, his photographic approach also caused him to be sued. Andy Warhol on the other hand adored the photographer, and Elizabeth Taylor used his photographs in her biography. In addition to his paparazzi photographs, Galello also took staged photogrpahs, commissioned by numerous magazines such as Time, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. This publication presents more than one hundred of his astounding photos.