Much has been written of Ron Galella. Widely regarded as the most famous and most controversial celebrity photographer in the world—he's been dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek and “the Godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture” by Time and Vanity Fair—Galella is willing to take great risks to get the perfect shot.
Ron's body of work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the world. The Museum of Modern Art, New York and San Francisco, the Tate Modern in London, and the Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography in Berlin, among many others, all maintain collections of Galella’s iconic works.
Ron's passion for photojournalism has also given rise to many highly acclaimed photo-art books,including Disco Years, which was honored as Best Photography Book of 2006 by The New York Times. Recently, Galella made the transition to moving film with Smash His Camera, a
documentary of his life and career by Oscar-winning director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings,1996). Premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Smash His Camera received the Grand Jury Award for Directing in the U.S. Documentary category. The film was also well-received at
the 54th BFI London Film Festival prior to airing on the BBC throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
A native New Yorker now residing in Montville, New Jersey, Ron served as a United States Air Force photographer during the Korean conflict before attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in Photojournalism.
Ron’s body of work is currently made available for research and editorial use through Getty Images.