Mr. Valentino and Mr. Giammetti have had meaningful relationships with numerous photographers over the years. But Ron Galella’s relationship with them was unique: Dubbed the “Paparazzo Extraordinaire,” Galella captured Mr. Valentino and Mr. Giammetti’s New York milieu, taking snaps of the famous faces of the 1970s and 1980s. A new monograph of some of his indelible shots from that period, Ron Galella: New York, is being published this month by Damiani. The book contains many unpublished images from the Galella archives, including shots of Madonna, Halston, Andy Warhol, Diane von Furstenburg, and of course, Jackie O., Mr. Valentino’s great friend and Ron Galella’s abiding obsession. Mrs. Kennedy Onassis dragged him into court more than once. But he can take credit for a great many of the memorable images of her.
One of Galella’s many shots Jackie O. was taken at a Valentino show at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, in June of 1976. The event was a fashion show to benefit the Special Olympics, and Jackie was seated in the front row alongside her former in-laws, Eunice and Sargent Shriver. DVF, Nan Kempner and C.Z. Guest were also in attendance. As Galella recently explained to the Telegraph newspaper in London, he knew that a Valentino event would always a photogenic crowd. “I’d find out where the events were in the papers, from something like a gossip column,” he told the Telegraph. “I knew that Valentino would attract a lot of celebrities.” Still true!