Paparazzo Extraordinaire Ron Galella Opening at the Pierre – Times Square Chronicles
Le Pierre, A NY Taj Hotel is pleased to announce the opening of an exclusive exhibition of photographs taken by “Extraordinary PaparazziRon Galella from 1967 to 1987. The exhibit, which features many rare and never-before-seen photos from Ron Galella’s extensive archive, is on view in the Fifth Avenue Lobby and at 61st Street lobby, as well as various locations throughout the hotel. The launch coincided with the Met Gala 2022 in tribute to the many celebrities and fashion elite who stay at the Pierre.
Parties, Celebrities & Couture Au Pierre features behind-the-scenes footage of some of Pierre’s most famous events from 1967 to 1987 featuring icons of fashion, silver screen, civil rights, popular music and art seen through the photographer’s lens Ron Gallella. The Pierre was one of Ron Galella’s favorite places to film New York society. The photographs are presented uncropped in their original full frames as a testament to his life’s work.
“We are delighted and honored to be able to present the brilliant work of Ron Galella. His nostalgic portraits capture the celebrations and glamor that are an integral part of The Pierre’s heritage,” says François-Olivier Luiggi, Managing Director of The Pierre.
The exhibit includes 20 signed black-and-white photos of Valentino and a newly blonde Barbra Streisand leaving her extravagant “Scheherazade Fantasy” party; Lois Chiles and Yves Saint Laurent in a spontaneous moment; Bianca Jagger, Lauren Bacall and Diana Vreeland sharing a laugh; John Cazale, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep at a celebration of Lee Strasberg’s 75th birthdayand birthday party in the Grand Ballroom; famous contralto Marian Anderson and Marie Osmond singing america the beautiful at the conclusion of the Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year Award; Andy Warhol arriving for a ‘Ted Kennedy for President’ fundraiser; Pierre Cardin promoting his wine and Sophia Loren returning to La Pierre after promoting her perfume. Other photos feature candid moments with Princess Margaret; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Basha, Henry and Nancy Kissinger with Lewis Rudin; Clint Eastwood and his girlfriend Sandra Locke; Joan Collins; and actress Carol Channing and comedian George Burns.
Ron Galella died on April 30, 2022. “Ron spent countless hours at The Pierre creating the art that now adorns its walls. This exhibit is particularly poignant given its timing, literally going back hours after his death at age 91. What a tribute. says Geoffrey Croft, longtime associate of Ron Galella and contributor to the exhibition. Ron’s life was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 5.
Ron Galella was widely regarded as the most famous and successful candid celebrity photographer in the world. Dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinary” by Newsweek, Ron’s passion for photography and his connection to his subjects has created an intimacy resulting in an unparalleled body of work, establishing a unique niche in entertainment photojournalism. His unique shooting style – pre-focusing his camera at 6ft, set to F8, not looking through the camera’s viewfinder and holding the camera to his chest to allow eye contact – resulted in photos that depict an exceptional intimacy between photographer and subject. Over his nearly six-decade career, he has amassed the world’s largest single-source photographic archive dedicated to popular culture.
Ever since Charles Pierre Casalasco collaborated with Wall Street financiers in 1930 to realize his dream of opening a grand French chateau on Fifth Avenue, this iconic hotel has been synonymous with European elegance. The Pierre, A NY Taj Hotel is steeped in history and legends that bear witness to its more than 90 years of unparalleled hospitality.
A New York icon, the Pierre, A Taj Hotel continues to set the standard for timeless elegance and unparalleled hospitality in New York City. Located on Central Park, The Pierre has remained a cherished landmark for visitors and New Yorkers alike since its opening in 1930. It is the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star rated property on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. . The hotel’s 189 rooms, including 49 suites, offer a classic design with couture touches, plenty of natural light, and high ceilings. Top-notch amenities include a Les Clefs d’Or concierge team. Exquisite entertainment is synonymous with The Pierre, and its lavish Grand Ballroom, Cotillion Room and Rotunda continue to host New York’s most unforgettable events, while chic, multifunctional meeting rooms host private gatherings, from intimate closing dinners to annual shareholder meetings. The Pierre’s robust food and beverage program offers 24-hour gourmet room service, afternoon tea service and cocktail program in the Pierre Lounge, seasonal dishes with terrace at the signature restaurant Perrine and indulgent cuisine in the whimsical rotunda. Follow The Pierre on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter: @thepierreny. www.thepierreny.com