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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.

Synopsis:

Stalk the wild star, do battle with the hot-tempered leading man, and be there when the cops bust the naked starlet.

It's all part of the job.

Welcome to the world of the paparazzi, where celebrities and accused murderers, royals and rock stars, know them all too well. They'll go to any length to get a photograph; deception, bribery, and downright lying are some of the milder ploys.

Peter Howe turns a serious eye on the origins, the ethics, the stalkers and stalkees, and our insatiable appetite for celebrity that keeps these photographers in such demand. More than two hundred tabloid-worthy photographs accompany interviews with the top practitioners of this dark trade, as well as with magazine editors, photo agency owners, and the subject themselves. Together they treat us to the "real" stories behind some of the world's most famous faces.

Synopsis:

To be a paparazzo, you have to be thick-skinned. You're despised by your subjects, your peers, and the public, the ultimate consumers of your work. You will run afoul of security guards and publicists, lawyers and the police. You will be punched, spat upon, and have any number of objects thrown at you. And you will earn a great deal of money.

Revel in pictures and stories from the front lines of a celebrity-obsessed society.

Synopsis:

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 audienceand#8212;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 Peopleto the National Enquirerand all the fan magazines and tabloids in between.

Paparazziturns 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.

About the Author

Peter Howe has served as picture editor for The New York Times Magazine, director of photography for LIFE magazine, and vice president of photography and creative services for Corbis. He is a regular contributor to The Digital Journalist, American Photo, Columbia Journalism Review, and USA Today and advises independent photo agencies and photographers on digital organization, storage, and licensing of their work. A native of London, Howe lives in New York City with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579652623
Subtitle:
And Our Obsession with Celebrity
Publisher:
Artisan
Author:
Howe, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Portrait photography
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Commercial
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20050215
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
12 x 9.02 x 0.74 in 2.31 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Stalk the wild star, do battle with the hot-tempered leading man, and be there when the cops bust the naked starlet.

It's all part of the job.

Welcome to the world of the paparazzi, where celebrities and accused murderers, royals and rock stars, know them all too well. They'll go to any length to get a photograph; deception, bribery, and downright lying are some of the milder ploys.

Peter Howe turns a serious eye on the origins, the ethics, the stalkers and stalkees, and our insatiable appetite for celebrity that keeps these photographers in such demand. More than two hundred tabloid-worthy photographs accompany interviews with the top practitioners of this dark trade, as well as with magazine editors, photo agency owners, and the subject themselves. Together they treat us to the "real" stories behind some of the world's most famous faces.

"Synopsis" by ,
To be a paparazzo, you have to be thick-skinned. You're despised by your subjects, your peers, and the public, the ultimate consumers of your work. You will run afoul of security guards and publicists, lawyers and the police. You will be punched, spat upon, and have any number of objects thrown at you. And you will earn a great deal of money.

Revel in pictures and stories from the front lines of a celebrity-obsessed society.

"Synopsis" by , 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 audienceand#8212;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 Peopleto the National Enquirerand all the fan magazines and tabloids in between.

Paparazziturns 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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