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Biography

Marcello Geppetti was one of the most important photographers of the classic paparazzi era.
He was born in Rieti in 1933. He started out as a news photographer with the Giuliani & Rocca agency, before joining the Meldoni-Canestrelli-Bozer photojournalism agency in 1959. It was here that he first captured startling moments in the private lives of celebrities.
Geppetti became known for his signature stolen aesthetic. His photographs are known to have a brilliant, raw quality as though struck by a sudden revelation. Geppetti's work is also of momentous documentary value and his photographs have been published in Time, Life, and Vogue.
The iconic era of the dolce vita saw him snap the "kiss" that blew the whistle on Liz Taylor's and Richard Burton's affair; Anita Ekberg's famous assault of the paparazzi with bow and arrow; and the first "stolen" shot of a naked Brigitte Bardot. He took his last photo on 27 February, 1998 leaving a legacy of photographs, many unpublished.
  • 1933
    Marcello Geppetti is born in Rieti, Italy.

    1959
    Geppetti joins the Meldoni-Canestrelli-Bozer photojournalism agency and begins capturing the private lives of celebrities, a mode of photography which is just starting to take off in Rome.

    1960
    Geppetti photographs Anita Ekberg's famous assault on the paparazzi using a bow and arrow.

    1962
    Geppetti photographs a kiss between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in this year, blowing the whistle on their love affair for the first time.

    1965
    Geppetti captures The Beatles visit to Rome during the height of the city's most glamorous, La Dolce Vita epoch.

    1998
    Geppetti passes away on 27 February, leaving an archive of more than a million photographs and negatives