Thanks To Leon Gast’s New HBO Documentary, It’s Hard Not To Love Ron Galella (Unless You’re Jackie O, Marlon Brando, Liz Taylor…)
Early morning in a Detroit hotel room and I’m watching another Sheila Nevins HBO doc. This one’s about Rob Galella, the grandfather of paparazzi, who has the fake teeth (Marlon Brando knocked out the real ones) and restraining orders against him to prove it.
His photos don’t astound, it’s the genius of how he managed to get them. Hiding behind coat racks, dating Jackie O’s assistant, camping out in a rat-infested warehouse…there was no length to which Ron wouldn’t go.
Props to Leon Gast for capturing the legend of Galella. If only today’s paparazzi could be half as original….