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Smash His Camera

by habituallychic

06 . 03 . 10

Ron Galella was the original stalkerazzi and his most famous prey was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He tormented her and even followed her to Capri. She obtained a restraining order against him. The New York Post at the time called it “the most co-dependent celeb-pap(arazzi) relationship ever.” Without Ron Galella, we wouldn’t have any of these most iconic images of Jackie O. What I love most about them is how chic and stylish she looks in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. She was definitely a fan of a fitted tee or sweater! One of my most prized possessions is Ron’s book from 1974 Jacqueline by Ron Galella which you can still find online that is filled with even more candid shots.

What’s even amazing is that Ron Galella is still making headlines. HBO will air a documentary about the photographer this Monday, June 7th at 9:00pm entitled Smash His Camera which will also have an accompanying exhibition at Clic Gallery on Broome Street. “Smash His Camera” is apparently what Jackie said to her secret service agent after Ron got a little too close for comfort after a bike ride to through the Park with John Junior. So glad they smashed it after he got some good photos!

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  1. Laura Trevey June 3, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    LOVE her!!

  2. Alice Olive June 3, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Thanks for the link to the book, too!

  3. the NEO-traditionalist June 3, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    Can’t wait to see the documentary! Though I feel for her and her family during these years, I’m so thankful we have the images.

    XX Katie

  4. Renata June 3, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    Thank you so so much for posting these – I love Jackie O! These pics are amazing, just like her sense of style!!!

  5. Ivy Lane June 3, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    Fabulous “shots”! What a true style icon Jackie was…. thanks for sharing and for letting us know about the documentary Monday eve…going to mark it down so I don’t miss it!

  6. Christina June 3, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    Great photos. I am intrigued by people who can do the job of a paparazzi. Where do they draw the line?

  7. jones June 3, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    Such amazing photos of a woman who always seemed to be at ease with her herself and her place in time. Such grace. I think that I needed to buy some new sunglasses. Great post. Mary

  8. ArchitectDesign™ June 3, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    What an interesting story -i had no idea. I hope that after all those years he was at least buying her coffee or lunch when out on her outings, LOL.

  9. Christine Schwalm Design June 3, 2010 | 6:00 pm

    That should be a very interesting documentary. And Jackie…so fabulous. In a sea of tacky, she managed to look elegant and timeless. No easy feat in the 60s and 70s.

  10. Life of Style June 3, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    she is truly an icon, what amazing pictures, so much better than the paparazzi shots we see today!

  11. pretty pink tulips June 3, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    I agree — glad they smashed it post “click”. These images of her are among my favorites. Eternally chic. Always Jackie.

  12. Heidiopia June 3, 2010 | 10:15 pm

    I never tire of seeing photos of her– always chic, always beautiful, the picture of poise. I didn’t know about the book, so I’m excited to check it out!

  13. SPLENDEROSA June 5, 2010 | 4:15 am

    A true American icon in so many many ways. Legendary woman. There has been no one before and no one since who can hold a candle.

  14. Hazel June 6, 2010 | 7:56 am

    An amazing woman! An amazing choice of photos. Love that some of her ‘looks’ are still interpreted today

    🙂 Hazel