Smash His Camera

Smash His Camera

FOXTEL Bio  |  August 13, 2014

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. His shots have been the cause of tears, grins and jeers but also they have recently been exhibited at art galleries such as New York's Museum of Modern Art. But what does it mean to exhibit the work of the man who considers himself the very first paparazzo? Just what is it that makes his photographs art or are they the opportunistic snaps?

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. His shots have been the cause of tears, grins and jeers but also they have recently been exhibited at art galleries such as New York's Museum of Modern Art. But what does it mean to exhibit the work of the man who considers himself the very first paparazzo? Just what is it that makes his photographs art or are they the opportunistic snaps?

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