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Three Decades of Italian Paparazzo Goodness

8 Photos Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection
None 8 Photos Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection
Brigitte Bardot lying in the grass.

Audrey Hepburn buying cold cuts.

Clint Eastwood skateboarding through the streets of Rome.

Yeah, you’d take a spin through that book.

Ready your thumbs for Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection, a new tome dedicated to the revivification of iconic photos taken by one of the original Italian paparazzi, available online now. (Here’s the slideshow.)

So, Elio Sorci. Italian photographer. Spent a lot of time hanging around Rome’s hot spots. Figured out that people find candid photos of celebrities somewhat intriguing. Sometimes he hid under cars. Sometimes he didn’t. The result: 352 pages of yesteryear’s most aesthetically pleasing models and actors.

Throw it on your coffee table and crack it open whenever. Late-’70s Goldie Hawn looking aloof. Ted Kennedy emerging from a limo looking like a Kennedy. You’ve got a real mixed bag on your hands here.

And it’s also the kind of thing someone might appreciate unwrapping next month. A budding photojournalist. That girl who’s always posting inspirational Brigitte Bardot quotes everywhere. You.

Because as Brigitte once said: “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”


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