100 ICONIC Photographs – A Retrospective


This 160-page hardcover volume includes eighty-seven black & white and thirteen color photographs of Ron’s most iconic images gloriously reproduced for the first time in one volume. Some rarely seen, culled from his unprecedented archive.

The book features behind-the-scenes, never before revealed stories of some of his most famous images, including the cover photo of John Lennon and Mick Jagger. This image may also be the last professional photograph taken of the two music icons before Lennon’s tragic death.

They’re all here: Elvis, Princess Diana, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jackie Onassis, Muhammad Ali with Joe Lewis,  David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel.

Published: 2021

“A truly iconic photograph is timeless – something that is valued, honored and treasured long after the photo was taken,” – Ron Galella Introduction, 100 Iconic Photographs – A Retrospective by Ron Galella

During his nearly six-decade career Galella captured the most celebrated photographs of pop culture’s biggest stars from the ‘60s through the 2000’s. His images span generations, ushering out the old Hollywood studio guard system including Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Bridget Bardot, Sophia Loren and transitions to the rough and tumble mavericks of the 60s and 70’s-Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.  

Now for the first time, you get to see the culmination of all of it – the gems – personally curated by the author himself.

The behind-the-scenes stories includes a touching passage by May Pang recollecting the night the cover photo of John Lennon and Mick Jagger, (with Ms. Pang) was taken.

Ron‘s passion for photography and his connection to his subjects created an intimacy resulting in a body of work that is unmatched, establishing a unique niche in entertainment photojournalism. His unique shooting style, pre-focusing his camera at 6 feet, set at F8, and holding the camera near his chest,  ensured an interaction with the subject, creating an intimacy like no other.

His two most popular images – Windblown Jackie and the Lennon and Jagger photo gracing the book’s cover, have one thing in common: neither of the subjects knew they were being photographed.

They are, according to Ron’s manifesto, the perfect Galella photographs, iconic people caught unrehearsed, spontaneous in his inimitable style.

In 2016 Time Magazine proclaimed Windblown Jackie, “one of the most influential photos of all time.”

The book –  Galella’s 22nd –  includes a foreword by Bob Ahern, Director of Getty Images Worldwide Archive Photography, and photographer Geoffrey Croft’s stunning color photographs detailing several historical artifacts Ron has saved and treasured over the years.

Printed exclusively in Italy, it’s a sure bet that 100 Iconic Photographs will be a cornerstone of the Ron Galella bibliography and an impressive addition to every pop culture enthusiast and photography lover’s bookshelf!

His 22nd book 100 Iconic Photographs – A Retrospective By Ron Galella, was published in November 2021.

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Published: 2021

Published in Italy by Sime s.r.l. Books, Printer Trento s.r.l. on Ultramatt Garda 170 gr paper, this retrospective is a cornerstone of Galella’s bibliography and will be an impressive addition to every pop culture enthusiast and photography lover’s bookshelf!

100 ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHS:  A Retrospective by Ron Galella.  (ISBN 9781737810216)  Available on Amazon.com,  rongalella.com, and at independent book stores.

European distribution by: SIME BOOKS s.r.l., Conegliano, Italy. www.simebooks.com,  email: info@simebooks.com tel: +390438402581