I just watched a great documentary on Ron Galella, probably one of the most obnoxious paparazzi photographers who made his way shooting Jackie Onassis and thousands of other celebrities. The documentary, Smash His Camera, was well done and I can appreciate that his images are both iconic and a great look back at entertainment history. From his images inside Studio 54 to to his encounter with Marlon Brando that resulted in losing five teeth. Ron having shot over 3 million images, is no slouch in the pursuit of his celebrity images.
Sadly I look at the paparazzi today and somehow feel like all of us photographers are lumped into the same mold that cover any type of entertainment. We either shine or are considered bottom feeders in peoples minds. The three songs, no flash and shoot from the sound board are perfect examples of this for the larger show press passes.
I have had the opportunity to photograph a few celebrities as one can imagine being a photographer. The photo above of Ashley Judd was taken when I was covering races in Vancouver B.C. Canada. Her husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, won the race that day and I have a few images as she ran to the winners stand to see him celebrate his victory. Looking back, I took a total of 11 photos of her the whole day. Guess it has never been my thing to follow someone around and intrude on their private life to get the shot.
Even if you’re not into the paparazzi style of photography, I suggest you check out the DVD for some great stories behind the images.
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