In January of 2010, the documentary, Smash His Camera, was featured at Redford’s Sundance Film Festival, where director Leon Gast won the Best Director award. My wife Betty and I were invited to promote the film and attend the screening. At the beginning of the festival, I missed a photo-op with Redford, as I’d arrived one day too late. Redford held a press conference, and an AP reporter asked, “What about Ron Galella?” Redford replied, “Which story do you want?” He then went on to tell the story about the day he foiled me with his stand-in double. It was his last day of shooting for Three Days of the Condor on West Forty-third Street in front of the New York Times building. At the same time, NBC was doing a piece on me photographing Redford. He sneaked into his trailer via the NY Times Building. He then send out his stand-in, whom I believed was Redford, so I started following him around and photographing him. All the while, the real Redford sneaked out of his trailer wearing an Afro wig and mustache. It was one-up for Redford!
I’ve photographed Robert’s career for nearly 50 years. From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid through All The President’s Men & The Sting, Redford’s growth from a budding young actor into a Hollywood heavyweight. Robert Redford turns 80 on August 18, 2016.