See Glamorous Vintage Paparazzi Shots From Rome

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Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Despite its present ubiquity, the term paparazzi didn’t exist until 1960. It derives from the Italian word Paparazzo — the name of the news photographer in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. By the late ‘60s, it had become a common epithet for intrusive, prying photographers — who were in and of themselves a relatively recent phenomenon. Afterall, Rome in the 50s had become a center of international film production and a destination for many of the biggest stars in the world — and, in turn, a hub for bush-lurking, Vespa-riding paparazzi.

This month, a new book chronicles the career of Elio Sorci, the Italian photographer commonly credited as the inventor of modern-day paparazzi photography. Paparazzo, published by Roads, is the first monograph to focus on his work, which included photographic evidence of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s affair. (Sorci hid under a car on the film set of Cleopatra in 1962 to get the shot that would become known as the “kissing picture.”) Spanning three decades, the book features his photographic highlights from “Hollywood on the Tiber,” including iconic images of Sophia Loren, Goldie Hawn, Grace Kelly, and countless others.

Photo: Courtesy of The Elio Sorci Collection

Click through the slideshow for a look at some of Sorci’s greatest hits, including Audrey Hepburn grocery shopping, Clint Eastwood on a skateboard, Brigitte Bardot chewing a blade of grass, and much, much more.

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Brigitte Bardot filming in Fiesole, Tuscany, 1962 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Sophia Loren at the premiere of  C’era una volta ( More Than a Miracle), Naples, 1967 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Mick and Bianca Jagger on a night out at Taverna Flavia, Rome, 1979 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Goldie Hawn filming  Viaggio con Anita ( Lovers and Liars) at the Trevi Fountain, Rome, 1978 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Audrey Hepburn grocery shopping, Rome, 1961 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Elizabeth Taylor at the David di Donatello Awards, Rome, 1962 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Clint Eastwood, Rome, 1965 

Photo: Elio Sorci/Camera Press

Princess Grace of Monaco, Rome, 1957 

See Glamorous Vintage Paparazzi Shots From Rome