The photographer’s work provides a stark illustration of the hold that celebrity has on our culture.
“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous,” the artist Andy Warhol wrote, in 1979. “It’s being in the right place at the wrong time. That’s why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella.”
He personified the paparazzi — brazen and relentless in chasing the famous, particularly Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. But his pictures also came to be admired.
Mr. Galella was called a creep, a stalker and worse when he began shooting pictures of celebrities in the 1960s, before mass circulation magazines like People and Us made the presence of paparazzi like him ubiquitous — and a full generation before phone cameras and websites like TMZ made celebrity stalking the pastime of legions.
Anti-mafia journalist from Palermo scoured Sicilian alleyways in 1970s and 1980s to expose brutal violence
Armed only with her Leica camera and mounted on a Vespa, Battaglia scoured the alleyways of Palermo during the 1970s and 1980s photographing the victims of mafia murders and the internal wars between rival clans. As a result she received several death threats.
She was an artist who was studying anthropology when she became an activist in the civil rights movement and a rare woman to document Black life in photos.
“I had a quest to show what the average person was doing,” she told the Southern Oral History Program in 2011, part of a collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. “I had a quest to show our culture in total, not just a little bit, or negative stereotypes.”
Two photographers share how Michele McNally, who shepherded a new age of photography at The New York Times, touched their lives and work.
She wanted to teach me photo editing to better inform my photography. For months, we met at 7 a.m. to look through 75 years of Fortune magazine photography at what is now called the Life Picture Collection. She’d explain to me her vision of a successful frame, what she looked for in a photographic composition and why some images had become icons. We’d sift through the hundreds of folders each morning before the workday began.
Michele McNally, the first photography director of The New York Times who brought photojournalism to new heights, died on February 18 from complications of pneumonia in a hospital in Yonkers, NY. She was 66.
He documented the civil rights movement and subjects as diverse as narcotics users, migrant workers and movie stars, seeking to capture their emotional heart.
Steve Schapiro, a photojournalist and social documentarian who bore witness to some of the nation’s most significant political and cultural moments and movements, starting in the 1960s with the historic struggle for racial equality across the Jim Crow South, died on Jan. 15 at his home in Chicago. He was 87.
Margarito Martínez Esquivel, a Tijuana photojournalist who covered police and security issues, was killed Monday
Martínez, 49, was beloved by colleagues and known as fearless. Last year, he documented a shootout between two groups, putting his own safety at risk. Journalist chat groups for Baja California were flooded with messages of grief and support on Monday afternoon.
Parisian and New York street scenes, world events coverage, press and fashion photos, advertisements, portraits of artists: hardly a discipline seems to have eluded Sabine Weiss’s benevolent lens. The last representative of French humanist photography, wh
Photojournalist who has died aged 68 covered major international stories including apartheid’s end in South Africa and the fall of the Berlin Wall
The renowned photojournalist, who has died aged 68, covered major international stories including conflict in Lebanon, apartheid’s end in South Africa, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Sarajevo and wars in the Gulf. His work, which spanned four decades, was both powerful and beautifully observed. He continued to work in black and white throughout his career
World-famous photojournalist, who took hugely influential images from Iraq, Sarajevo and sub-Saharan Africa, has died
We are deeply saddened to report the death of Tom Stoddart, one of the finest documentary photographers and photojournalists the UK has ever produced. Tom, 68, died today after a brave struggle with cancer.