"When we study history, it is either done from reading about it, or viewing photos from a particular time. Ron Galella’s lifetime of photographing the most iconic people in politics, entertainment, boxing, music, and society, is nothing short of legendary. It is a treat to be able to view his catalogue of some of the world’s most iconic photos. Before we even knew what a paparazzi was, Ron was everywhere, working to get that one priceless shot, regardless what he had to do to get it. I strongly recommend connecting with one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Ron Galella."
“The Photographs of Ron Galella,” preface
"Permanence can only be found in the immortality proffered by the click of a camera. Like it or not, life moves on as fleetingly as the photograph is enduring."
“The Photographs of Ron Galella,” introduction
The images Galella captured in the throw-away moments between the main events often became iconic. It is the spontaneity of these photographs, the fact that his subjects were caught off guard in an instant of life that makes them timeless, and yet so much about their time.”
"Disco Years," foreward
"Ron doesn't specialize in those look-at-the-camera-and-smile shots that add nothing to the culture. His pictures reveal something, hinting at the pathos behind the glamour and vice versa, while mining the real relationships between celebrities and the lens (and each other). He's too interested in capturing star wattage at its most effortless elegance."
Matthias Harder – Helmut Newton Foundation
"Jackie My Obsession," foreward
"For decades he came face to face with nearly everyone in American popular culture, and in the process obtained nearly the same degree of fame as the stars portrayed. In the 60's and 70's the "classical" paparazzi, era was less shameless and less overt than it is today. Compared to the abrasive methods of present-day paparazzi, Ron Galella's tactics were almost gentlemanlike."
"Beyond the documentary quality of Ron Galella's photographs, Ron gives us a magnificent panorama of a bygone era that lives on because he captured it."
“If you are looking for the best candid image of your favourite star of the 70’s, the 80’s or the 90’s, you can be sure that you will find it in Ron’s archive, a true gold mine for all the fans of those fantastic, incredible years!”
“Warhol by Galella: That’s Great!,” preface
” Here’s a guy who operates under combat conditions with random light, peril-fraught access, a tiny window of opportunity, no cooperation—with everyone working to stop him. To produce great pictures like that is an artistic achievement. Warhol mentions a coked-up dinner party by Milan, the party giver, at Tuileries. The high celebs in attendance worried about “millions” of photographers outside. “They…spent about two hours deciding how to get out of the place,” Andy wrote, “and it was just Ron Galella!”