Photography: Freeze-Frames

ALL CELEBRITY, ALL THE TIME--RON GALELLA WAS THE GODFATHER OF THE U.S. PAPARAZZI CULTURE

There's no mystery why paparazzi photographs are on everybody's list of guilty pleasures. It's all about passive aggression. We love movie stars and pop idols--but we also happen to resent their beauty, wealth and fame. So it's good to know that there are vile squadrons of ruthless photographers out there making the lives of the famous miserable. Paparazzi are the furies that we dispatch to torment the gods.

For nearly four decades, Ron Galella has been America's most famous Nuisance to the Stars, the kind of photographer who could mount an entire show of nothing but pictures of famous people putting...

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