Biography: pioneer paparazzo Ron Galella

Biography: pioneer paparazzo Ron Galella


Ronald Galella (born January 10, 1931) is an American photographer, known as a pioneer paparazzo. Dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek and “the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture” by Time magazine and Vanity Fair, he is regarded as the most controversial celebrity photographer in the world.

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Sean Penn and Madonna, Lincoln Center, New York, 1986. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Sophia Loren at the premiere of “Doctor Zhivago,” Americana Hotel, New York, December 22, 1965. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Windblown Jackie, New York, 1971. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, Mabel Mercer Concert, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 1978. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Kate Moss, “Richard Avedon: An Autobiography” Dinner Party, New York Public Library, 1993. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Elizabeth Taylor, Marie-Helene, and Guy de Rothschild, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 1968. Photograph by Ron Galella

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The Duchess of Windsor, National Ballet of Canada Opening Party, Waldorf Towers, New York, 1974. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Bianca Jagger and Halston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, 1976. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Gianni Agnelli, Oscar de le Renta, Marella Agnelli, and Annette Reed at Malcolm Forbes’ 70th Birthday Party, Tangier, Morocco, 1989. Photograph by Ron Galella

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Valentino and Jackie Onassis, Valentino Fashion Show to Benefit the Special Olympics, Pierre Hotel, New York, 1976. Photograph by Ron Galella.


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