Photographer Ron Galella passes away at 91

Photographer Ron Galella – known as the ‘Godfather’ of paparazzi who clashed with Jackie O and Marlon Brando – passes away at 91

Paparazzi pioneer Ron Galella, who was dubbed ‘Paparazzo Extraordinaire’ and the ‘Godfather’ of the industry, passed away on Saturday.

The photographer passed at his home in Montville, New Jersey at 91 years of age from congestive heart failure, according to the New York Times.

Galella’s passing was confirmed by Geoffrey Croft, who edited Galella’s most recent book 100 Iconic Photographs – A Retrospective.

R.I.P.: Paparazzi pioneer Ron Galella, who was dubbed ‘Paparazzo Extraordinaire’ and the ‘Godfather’ of the industry, passed away on Saturday

Galella was born in New York City in January 1931, starting his photography career as a United States Air Force photographer from 1951 to 1955, including a stint in the Korean War.

After his stint with the military, he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduating with a photojournalism degree in 1958.

He started taking pictures of celebrities at movie premieres and selling them to publications like National Enquirer in the early 1960s, long before paparazzi photographers became ubiquitous at such events.

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