TODAY | January 02, 2014
>> called the king of the paparazzi, richard young one of the most important photographers of his generation, some of his favorite photos are knfee curfeatured in a brand-new show.
>> reporter: it's the sound of fame and fortune for some photographers. the one you won't find in the london pack anymore is richard young , been there, done that.
>> i was the original. i was the only one. there was no one else standing outside those clubs.
>> reporter: that was nearly 40 years ago. his big break came when he posed as a dj and snapped this iconic moment of the power couple at the time, richard burton and elizabeth taylor and she freaked out.
>> her nose came over and touched my nose.
>> reporter: elizabeth taylor .
>> in no uncertain terms she tells me to leave the room. she is angry. she is really angry.
>> reporter: how did you get it? who you are you, go, leave? i didn't say a word. i was out.
>> reporter: with the scoop, right away, he learned lesson number one.
>> you are being polite. you are being humble. you are being friendly. you get into all the situations where half the photographers i know would be thrown out.
>> you have to be nice to these people. if you are going to be an idiot, you are going nowhere . you will be outside on the streets. from day one, i didn't want to be outside on the streets. i wanted to be the guy they invited on the pence.
>> reporter: and he was. kate moss once said of young, if he isn't here, it isn't a party. who is this guy?
>> this is jack nicholson .
>> reporter: david bowie .
>> i captured it this beautifully at the time.
>> reporter: mcjagger.
>> mic is making sure jerry looks great for the night.
>> reporter: and he says what a great career?
>> i have had breakfast with nelson mandela . i've had lunch with the dalai lama.
>> reporter: he left school age 14, taught himself to shoot pictures and says, he's enjoyed every moment. for "today," martin fletcher , nbc news, london.