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Viva l'Italia! (English and Italian Edition)

Editore: Ron Galella, Ltd., 2009
ISBN 10: 061528678X / ISBN 13: 9780615286785
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Titolo: Viva l'Italia! (English and Italian Edition)

Casa editrice: Ron Galella, Ltd.

Data di pubblicazione: 2009

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Riassunto: For years, Ron Galella, "the godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture," has provided the world a glimpse into the off-limits world of celebrity. With Viva l'Italia!, a deeper and more probing Galella emerges. He sets out to find his own Italian roots, and in so doing, takes us on a viaggio as he combs his vast archive for images of Italian and Italian-American actors, artists, and fashion designers, along with a wide range of other cultural icons.

Galella's tour begins in Rome's famed Cinecittà where Federico Fellini relaxes between takes on a film set. It was Fellini who proclaimed, "paparazzi are bandits of images," coining the word with his character Señor Paparazzo in La Dolce Vita. As he continues on, Galella presents us with rare portraits of Italy's most famous sons and daughters, including Isabella Rossellini, Silvana Mangano, Marlon Brando, Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, and Sophia Loren. Never one to shy away from bad boys, he even includes the "Dapper Don," John Gotti, emerging from federal court in Manhattan.

The appeal and power of Galella's beautiful photography is complimented by extemporaneous quotes he has amassed over a half-century of travel and celebrity encounters. "You look Italian," quipped Anna Magnani as Ron captured her in Rome, during the filming of The Secret of Santa Vittoria, with Virna Lisi and Anthony Quinn.

Some crossed the ocean, some changed their names, some were born in disparate locations as with Dean Martin of Steubenville, Ohio, and Frank Sinatra of Hoboken, New Jersey; but they all brought with them passion born of Italy--love of cinema, music, art, and fashion--as Galella triumphantly proclaims with Viva l'Italia!


Much has been written of Ron Galella. Widely regarded as the most famous and most controversial celebrity photographer in the world he's been dubbed Paparazzo Extraordinaire by Newsweek and the Godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture by Vanity Fair Galella is clearly willing to take great risks to get the perfect shot. As a result, he has endured two highly publicized court battles with Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, a broken jaw at the hands of Marlon
Brando, and a serious beating by Richard Burton s bodyguards before being jailed in Cuernavaca, Mexico. But ultimately, it is his passion for the fine art of photography, coupled with a dedicated do-it-yourself approach to his craft few artists can claim his level of skill in making their own prints that sees Ron's body of work exhibited at museums and galleries
throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco, the Tate Modern in London, and the Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of
Photography in Berlin. Ron's passion for photojournalism has also given rise to eight highly
acclaimed books including Disco Years, which was honored as Best Photography Book of 2006 by The New York Times, and Smash His Camera, a documentary of his life and career by Oscar-
winning director, Leon Gast ( When We Were Kings, 1996), that will premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and compete for Best U.S. Documentary.

Tantamount to his recognition here at home, the government of Basilicata graciously honored Ron, whose father, Vincenzo Galella, was born in Muro Lucano, by making him an honorary citizen of the Italian region in 2009. Basilicata also opened Ron Galella: Italian Icons, a traveling exhibit of over 70 of Ron s photos, at Palazzo Lanfranchi s Carlo Levi Hall in Matera. In conjunction with the opening, Ron launched his most recent title, Viva l Italia! a collection of over 225 images of Italian and Italian-American celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Sophia

A native New Yorker, Ron served as a United States Air Force photographer during the Korean
conflict before attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in Photojournalism.

Ron s body of work is currently made available for editorial use through Please
visit or email for media inquiries.

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