December 24, 2005

TIRED OF THE CHASE!

SOURCE: NEW YORK MAGAZINE

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Ron Galella


Can America's most famous paparazzo really be tired of the chase? "I don't enjoy it as much as I used to because of the restrictions nowadays," grouses Ron Galella from his home in Montville, New Jersey. "You can't step a foot into the Plaza now — you have to be invited to the event." Nor do contemporary luminaries hold the kind of fascination for Galella that his favorite subjects — Jackie, Liz and Dick, Robert Redford — once did. "They don't dress, they don't shave, they're not as glamorous," says the Bronx-born photographer, who nevertheless still works three nights a week. It's a far cry from the halcyon days when Galella would conceal himself in a poolside cave or a rat-infested warehouse to shoot the Burtons unawares, get his teeth knocked out by Marlon Brando, or hide behind bushes as Mrs. Onassis bicycled by. "Jackie was my ideal subject. She was always mobile. It presented a challenge to go after her. I also enjoyed going after Robert Redford. He's aloof, he's shy, he doesn't stop. And I admired him — he's more than an actor." READ MORE HERE!

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