Celebrity Culture through Ron Galella’s Refreshing Lens
The caption affixed to the verso of the print reads October 7, 1971: New York City. WINDBLOWN JACKIE - I took this picture from a taxi's rear window on Madison Ave. I believe the taxi driver blew his horn to get her attention. When I got out of the taxi, Jackie put on her sunglasses and said, "are you pleeeased with yourself?" I replied "yes, thank you." and left. Da Vinci had his MONA LISA, and I had WINDBLOWN JACKIE, my favorite, most published, and most famous picture. Jackie gave a MONA LISA smile. Condition Report: Sheet measures 40 x 30 inches; unmounted; not framed; handling creases, most notably along the left and right margins.
Signature: Signed and annotated 'Artist's Proof' in pencil and with the photographer's stamps on verso.
A prolific celebrity photographer, Ron Galella is considered the godfather of American paparazzi culture. Over the course of his career, Galella has shot candid photographs of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen, among countless other iconic celebrities; been through two high-profile court battles with Jacqueline Kennedy, resulting in a restraining order for the photographer; and suffered a broken jaw at the hands of Marlon Brando. Galella was the subject of the documentary film, Smash His Camera, and his photographs have appeared in publications including Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.
American, b. 1931, New York, New York, based in Montclair, New Jersey