"SMASH HIS CAMERA makes you see why Ron Galella was Andy Warhol’s favorite photographer. Galella’s photographs — millions of them, all archived, many now showcased in museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art — are raw, beautiful, shocking, tender, fascinating, and real. They’re proof that starting in the late 20th century, art and voyeurism could no longer be separated."
"There may be no better way to observe celebrity culture than through the lens of Ron Galella, the original paparazzo."
"Ron Galella is a pop culture icon."
The New York Times
In conjunction with the premiere of the HBO documentary film SMASH HIS CAMERA, Clic Gallery is proud to present the photography exhibit SMASH HIS CAMERA: THE NOTORIOUS PHOTOGRAPHS OF RON GALELLA. The show will run June 1st to June 30th. There will be an opening reception with the artist at Clic Gallery on Thursday, June 10th from 6 to 8 pm. At the opening, Mr. Galella will also be signing copies of his books VIVA L'ITALIA, NO PICTURES!, MICHAEL JACKSON: THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, WARHOL BY GALELLA and many others.
Ron Gallela is, simply put, the most famous celebrity photographer of all time. Calling himself "the bandit of images," Galella has snapped every celebrity of importance since the 1960s, in photographs that are unrehearsed, unposed, and often hilariously candid. In the past few years, Galella has become recognized as one of the foremost chroniclers of twentieth century America, and his photographs are now in the permanent collection of the The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Helmut Newton Foundation Gallery in Berlin.
In 2009, the critically acclaimed documentary SMASH HIS CAMERA, about Galella's remarkable career, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it earned a Best Directing Award by Academy-Award winning Leon Gast. The film will debut on HBO on Monday, June 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.
The exhibit at Clic Gallery will present the most famous shots from his archives, including "Windblown Jackie", "Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall in the Limo" and "Andy Warhol at the Zoo." This is an extremely rare opportunity to see the actual prints for some of the most iconic images of celebrity culture, for one month only at Clic Gallery.