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Marcello Geppetti, one of the most important photographers of the classic paparazzi era, captures a true 'dolce vita' moment: Liz Taylor and husband Eddie Fisher being serenaded through a car window outside a restaurant in Rome. Liz Taylor was in Rome filming the 1964 blockbuster Cleopatra. Marcello Geppetti 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. Geppetti photographed 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 He took his last photo on 27 February, 1998 leaving a legacy of photographs, many unpublished.

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Marcello Geppetti

Elizabeth Taylor has a 'dolce vita' moment

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

17.8 x 23 cms (7.00 x 9.04 ins)



On reverse - Caption: '"SIDEWALK SERENADE" ROME: Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Eddie Fisher enjoy a violin serenade in their car outside a Rome restaurant, Oct. 16th. Miss Taylor is currently in Rome for the filming of "Cleopatra", in which she plays the title role.
Black stamp: 'PLEASE CREDIT United Press International Photo'
Blue stamp: 'ON THE Q.T. 1962'
Orange pencil: 'QT July 1962 p.11 #6
Red pen: 'SS'