x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Felice Quinto, 80

Felice Quinto was the prototype paparazzo. Hiding in bushes, using a motorcycle to pursue his prey, the Italian-born photographer donned a disguise if necessary.

Felice Quinto was the prototype paparazzo. Hiding in bushes, using a motorcycle to pursue his prey, the Italian-born photographer donned a disguise if necessary to get the intimate and revealing pictures that he sold to Italian gossip magazines, sometimes at risk of bodily injury. The actress Anita Ekberg shot at him with a bow and arrow after he followed her to her home after a night out in Rome before concluding her assault with a deft jab at the photographer's groin. Pope Paul VI was an easier subject: Quinto shot him in his coffin. Studio 54 in New York provided rich pickings, and for a time, Quinto worked as Elizabeth Taylor's personal photographer. He was unabashed about the way he made a living, claiming, "I think I'm one of the few people in the world that is satisfied with what he does." Born April 11, 1929; died January 16.