Ron Galella:
Pop, Rock & Dance

This exhibition of photography presents the work of Ron Galella, who brought the work of paparazzi, the stepchild of photojournalism, into the public eye and with it the celebrity culture we live with today. Galella's art for us is showing the famous as they are, without lighting, in their own clothes, often disheveled, and not too happy to be photographed. In the world of publicists and packaging, this reality check is refreshing.

Ron Galella has always had a deep love and appreciation for music, musicians, and dancers. Candid photographs: from Nashville, to rappers, Broadway stars, Balanchine and his dancers to Studio 54, rock stars and everything in between have been caught in his camera. Accepting awards or running away, the world of music and dance are his subjects.

Ron Galella, a native New Yorker, served as a United States Air Force photographer during the Korean conflict, after which he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in photojournalism. His books include Ron Galella Exclusive Diary, The photographs of Ron Galella 1965-1989, Offguard : A Paparazzi Look at the Beautiful People, That's Great! and Jackie: My Obsession. In 2009, the critically acclaimed documentary Smash His Camera, about Galella's remarkable career, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it earned a Best Directly Award by Academy Award winning Leon Gast.

Ron Galella Sonny and Cher, Madison Square Garden, New York, 1968

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Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis, Cheetah Club, New York, 1968

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Tony Bennett in concert at the Universal Amphitheater celebrating his 65th birthday and 40th year in show business, Los Angeles, 1991

Ron Galella Diahann Carroll and Robert Goulet, Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, 1968

Ron Galella Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach, Pierre Hotel, New York, 1968

Ron Galella Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, Burbank, 1982

Ron Galella George Balanchine and Patricia McBride, New York State Theatre, New York, 1974

Ron Galella Leonard Bernstein greets Rudolph Nureyev, Lincoln Center, New York, 1989

Ron Galella Phil Collins and Robert Plant, Be-Bop Café, New York, 1983

Ron Galella Bob Fosse and Cy Coleman, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1985

Ron Galella Louis Armstrong, Roseland Ballroom, New York, 1967 11
Ron Galella Perry Como, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 197312
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Frank Sinatra at a charity concert at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, 198313
Ron Galella Bing Crosby, 18th Annual Metropolitan Golf Writers Association National Awards Dinner, New York, 1969 14
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Priscilla Presley15
Ron Galella John Lennon and Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1974 16
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David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the Grammy Awards, New York, 197517
Ron Galella Bjork, 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards, New York, 199418
Ron Galella Richard Branson, Union Square, New York, 199819
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Ron Galella Carla Bruni Eric Clapton at the opening of Woody’s art gallery hosted by Ronnie Wood, New York, 198924
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Steve Rubell, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Halston and friends, circa 1978 25
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Twiggy with Justin de Villeneuve at Bert Stern’s studio, New York, 196726
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Sophia Loren at the premiere of “Dr. Zhivago,” New York, 196527
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Robert Redford arriving at Mary Lasker’s apartment, New York, 197428
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Elton John and Divine at the premiere of “Grease,” Studio 54, New York, 1978 29
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John Lennon and David Bowie at the Grammy Awards, Uris Theater, New York, 197530
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Judy Garland & John Williams Mr. Bubbles, Palace Theatre, New York, 196731
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Fred Astaire, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 198732
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James Cagney and Frank Sinatra, AFI Salute to James Cagney, Los Angeles, 1974 33
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Mariah Carey marries Tommy Mottola, New York, 199334
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Windblown Jackie, New York, 197135