Paparazzi

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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.

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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.

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Paparazzi are the result of a collision between a culture obsessed with celebrity and an established tradition of street photography, explains Howe, a former New York Times Magazine picture editor. The best photos taken by paparazzi, he says, have an element of confrontation, whether it s Cameron Diaz attempting to cover herself with an umbrella on a sunny day in Beverly Hills, Princess Diana forcing her hand in front of a camera, or Jackie Kennedy pulling her turtleneck up past her ears in an effort to cover her face. Howe s saucy yet erudite look at celebrity culture also illuminates the barely respected paparazzi themselves, from Rino Barillari, one of the original paparazzi of the Via Veneto in Rome, to Brittain Stone, lead editor at Us Weekly. It s a captivating read, bursting with gritty images of famous people in everyday scenarios, interviews with photographers and journalists about some of the biggest celebrity news incidents in recent American history and cheeky attitude (e.g., in the opening pages, Howe lists the cast, giving descriptions for each major player in the book. Susan Sarandon s description reads: If you don t know who she is, you re reading the wrong book ). (Apr. 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579652777
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    THE MOST HATED AND THE HIGHEST PAID

    For most of us, just the name 'paparazzi' brings forth thoughts of stalkers, intruders, low lifes who seek to profit from photographs of the famous, particularly in private moments. According to author Peter Howe, that's not too far off. He speaks to paparazzi as follows: You will be '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.' Mr Howe also asks why if everyone hates their work, are paparazzi the highest paid photo journalists in the world? He posits a simple answer - because we are a celebrity obsessed society and crave every news tidbit and photo of celebrities. Further, he notes that while we condemn paparazzi we stand in line to buy copies of People Magazine or The National Enquirer (think of the magazine copies sold containing beach photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Whether we can't wait for a glimpse of the latest intimate photo or detest paparazzi so much that we wouldn't add a penny to their wallets, Mr. Howe has created an interesting study of their work. He's a former picture editor for the New York Times Magazine and director of photography for Life. In 173 folio size pages Mr. Howe treats his subject objectively and with amazing thoroughness. We learn of the paparazzi's early days (it was much easier in the 1950s when young Italians first discovered they could brings in some extra lira by selling photos of vacationing celebs to newspapers and magazines.) Money has always been the paparazzi's prime interest - they pursue those whose photos will fetch the highest price, and they'll do anything to accomplish this. Perhaps the most far-out example of their no-holds-barred attiude is photographer Phil Ramey who hired a submarine to get shots of Princess Diana on a Caribbean island. Most paparazzi are male and, frankly, not a particularly likable lot as they don't seem to care what anyone thinks of them and are extremely driven. We're reminded that paparazzo Ron Galella wore a football helmet to try to catch snaps of Marlon Brando after an early encounter with the actor put Galella in the hospital minus five teeth. For the paparazzi life isn't all hiding in bushes as Ben Affleck led one on a 120 mph chase. The other side of the coin is that A-List celebrities need to have their photos in print or they'll soon be C-Listers. Perhaps Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have the best idea of all - they allow the paparazzi limited access which significantly diminishes intrusiveness. Whatever the case, it seems that paparazzi are here to stay (not at all discouraged by the 15 packets of ketchup Brad Pitt frosted a cheeseburger with before tossing it at a photographer). In addition to interviews with many of the featured photographers 'Paparazzi' holds over 200 photos, from Frank Sinatra to Charlize Theron.

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