Paparazzi

And Our Obsession with Celebrity

By Peter R. Howe
(Artisan Publishers, Paperback, 9781579652777, 176pp.)

Publication Date: April 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Stealth, impersonation, bribery, lock picking, ducking the cops. Oh, yes, and the odd bit of photography, too.
No, the paparazzi don't have it easy. They're reviled by their subjects, by their employers, by their voyeuristic audience--and by the fashion and news photographers who think of themselves as artists and the paparazzi as creeps with cameras. They're the bottom feeders who shoot celebrities in all their infamy: drunk, undressed, distressed, lip-locked wih folks who aren't their spouses. They're the hunters and chasers who've nabbed on film everyone from Pamela Anderson to Princess Diana.
And we all love it. We may not want to admit it, but we can't get enough of these photos, keeping the paparazzi in business by buying everything from "People" to the "National Enquirer" and all the fan magazines and tabloids in between.
"Paparazzi" turns the spotlight on these photographers and their highly paid profession; on the celebrities who are the object of their lenses; and on the society that begs them to capture these megastars in both ordinary and compromising positions. The top practitioners of this global pop art, along with the photo agency owners, magazine editors, and the stars themselves, give us stories of the famous and infamous we've never heard before. It's our golden opportunity to get behind the viewfinder and see the hunted from the hunter's point of view. Paparazzi turns the spotlight on these photographers and their highly paid profession; on the celebrities who are the object of their lenses; and on the society that begs them to capture these megastars in both ordinary and compromising positions. The top practitioners of this global pop art, along with the photo agency owners, magazine editors, and the stars themselves, give us stories of the famous and infamous we've never heard before. It's our golden opportunity to get behind the viewfinder and see the hunted from the hunter's point of view.
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