Paparazzi Self-Portraits A Miller & Ringma Collaboration

Photographs of Marc, 1975-79

The First Paparazzi Self-Portraits

Marc H. Miller with Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
Marc H. Miller with John Cage
John Cage
Marc H. Miller with William Burroughs
William S. Buroughs

A Visit To Washington, D.C.

Marc H. Miller with Senator George McGovern
Senator George McGovern
Marc H. Miller with Senator Wendell Ford
Senator Wendell Ford
Marc H. Miller with Senator Strom Thurmond
Senator Strom Thurmond

Miscellaneous Adventures

Marc H. Miller with Policemen George De Salvio & Bob Ab
Policemen George De Salvio & Bob Abi
Marc H. Miller with Stripper Honeysuckle Divine
Stripper Honeysuckle Divine
Marc H. Miller at the Bicentennial Party
Bicentennial Party

Photographs of Bettie, 1976-80

Photographing The Queen of the Netherlands

Bettie Ringma with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
Queen Juliana
Bettie Ringma with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
Bettie Ringma with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

Notable Women

Bettie Ringma with Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead
Bettie Ringma with Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
Bettie Ringma with Angela Davis
Angela Davis

On The Bowery

Bettie Ringma with Ben on Bowery
Ben
Bettie Ringma with Larry on Bowery
Larry
Bettie Ringma with Jimmy on Bowery
Jimmy

The year was 1974 and among the things looming large on my cultural landscape was the story of photographer Ron Galella being sued by Jackie Onassis; memories of Federico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita with its sequences of Italian photographers on motor scooters chasing celebrities; the rising fame of gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson; and Andy Warhol's success at fully merging himself into the world of celebrity and glamour through Interview Magazine. The mid-1970s was a moment of change with art getting less theoretical and moving in directions that were more personal and involved with the world. "Paparazzi Self-Portraits" was my way to move in that direction by harnessing the power of art and engaging real life for my own amusement and purposes. At the simplest level, taking the pictures was an entertaining challenge that involved research, telephone calls, social and photographic skills. At first, acquaintances and willing strangers took the pictures, but soon Bettie became my full-time partner in stalking celebrity prey. Each picture had its own logic and generated its own story. Some paid homage to personal heroes; others expanded our world. When exhibited together in art galleries, however, the pictures had the didactic quality of conceptual art, raising questions about reality, deception, art and propaganda. Who would have guessed that technological advances like the development of photoshop would soon flood the world with altered pastiches that undercut the veracity of these laboriously gathered images.