new york: paparazzo extraordinaire!

© ron galella - mick and jerry in happier days [beverly hills - 1978]

if you were stateside red carpet material in the 1970s and 1980s, chances were considerable you'd be hunted or ambushed by ron galella, the godfather of american paparazzi culture. before galella celebrity photographs were tightly controlled by the hollywood studio system and pr agencies. right after his arrival onto the scene he made shots of stars caught unawares, whether stumbling out of clubs totally drunk or just shopping for groceries, it all became part and parcel of how we perceive the rich and famous today. his book paparazzo extraordinaire!, published by hatje cantz and featuring over 100 controversial shots, will be launched at bookmarc on thu - apr 5 [6pm-8pm]. mind you, the unscrupulous master himself will attend to sign copies. location: 400 bleecker street [west village].

© ron galella - sean penn is at it again [columbus café, new york city - 1986]