Ron Galella brought paparazzi photography into the public eye and with it the celebrity culture we live with today. Galella showed the famous as they are without lighting, in their own clothes, often disheveled, and not too happy to be photographed. In the world of publicists and packaging, this reality check is refreshing.
Galella covered multiple beats from society at museum openings, nightlife in the disco era, movie stars on the run in airports and limousines, to the world of Warhol. He pursued them all from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to wasted rock stars without regard to their status in the world – they were all equal in his lens.
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