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"Marlon Brando once punched him in the jaw, Brigitte Bardot hosed him down, and in the early '70s Jackie Kennedy Onassis got a restraining order against him. Gucci sponsored this look at the work of bad boy paparazzo Ron Galella…"-- Harper's Bazaar
"...I, like millions of others, often lived vicariously through his pictures. Scandal, romance, personality, and adventure always lept from the surface of his portraits." -- Tom Ford, from the introduction.
Edited by Steven Bluttal. Foreword by Diane Keaton. Introduction by Tom Ford. Interview by Glenn O'Brien.
Featuring images of: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Cher, Liz Taylor, Marlon Brando, Ali McGraw, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Redford, Raquel Welch, Mick Jagger
Voyeur. Bandit. Hound. Ron Galella has been called every name in the book. In 1955, fresh out of the United States Air Force, he became a paparazzo--and redefined the genre. From his notoriously obsessive treatment of Jackie Onassis and the subsequent legal battles associated with it, to his alarmingly beautiful photographs of celebrities in the 60s and 70s, Galella has always been in a category of his own. Possessed of a unique talent to catch stars at moments when they seemed most alive, most human, most stylish, Galella was able to do something no other celebrity watcher was able to do: become a star himself.