© Ron Galella
© Ron Galella
© Ron Galella

RON GALELLA

Ron Galella was born in Januay 1931 in Hoboken New Jersey; after struggling to find the right job related to Art, Galella joined the Air Force and became a Camera repair officer. In the 50’s and 60’s he refined his skills as a freelance reporter becoming a printing lab technician. His career had a hit in the late sixties with bestselling scoops featuring Hollywood megastars like Sinatra, Cher, Taylor, Loren. Although his photography icon was Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Galella was on every cover for his as specialist the most popular American paparazzo. He was willing to do almost anything and although he was a notoriously pesky photographer, he helped to create icons, to redefine glamour and to launch the age of modern celebrity. “Bandit”, “Hound”, Ron Galella has been called in a lot of ways. 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: to become a star himself. Featuring images of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger and, many more of the rich, famous and hounded. Photology is the only gallery in Italy to rapresenting the Galella’s vintage prints with the original hand-typed caption (works available for sale) and exhibited his works since 2003 with the show and the catalogue Ron Galella, Exclusive diary (exhibition still available) (book available for sale) in 2004. Photology has included his works in group shows in 1998, Paparazzi (link scheda) and in 2009 The New York scene. Sex, Art & America Culture 70-80, and the show Sequenze d’azione (exhibition still available) in 2011. He now lives and works in New Jersey.