Ronald Edward Galella, the paparazzo’s inventor

Ronald Edward 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 by Harper’s Bazaar as «the most controversial paparazzo of all time.


He immortalized many celebrities out of the public eye and gained notoriety for his feuds with some of them, most notably Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Marlon Brando. Despite the numerous controversies, Galella has been cited by Andy Warhol as his favourite photographer.


During his career, Galella has taken more than three million photographs depicting public figures.

marlon brando and ron galella

Ron Galella Jagger/Hall

alfred hitchcock

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Michael Jackson,1986

Michael Jackson,1986

Andy and his point and shoot

Andy and his point and shoot Olympus

ron galella 55 years paparazzi

ron galella 55 years paparazzi


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